Fidencio Mezcal Pechuga Espadin, Oaxaca (96.6 proof)
Item Number: 8525
Sub Region: Oaxaca
Appellation/AVA: Santiago Matatlan
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Estate Agave Espadín
Type: Spirits - Mezcal
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Closure: T Top
Alc by Vol(%): 48.3
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic
Mezcalero: Enrique Jimenez
Harvest: Harvest follows the lunar cycle; agave is harvested during a full moon, believed to produce a more delicate mezcal
Agave Source: Santiago Matatlán, Oaxaca; “Capital Mundial Del Mezcal – mezcal capital of the world”
Cooking Method: Roasted in a stone lined, earthen pit heated by locally sourced black oak. When the fire goes out and the stones are hot, the agave is piled in the pit and buried. The smoky agave piñas are ready after three days.
Crushing Method: Tahona (grinding stone)
Fermentation: Open-top pine vats, native yeast
Water Source: Deep well
Still Style: 300-liter wood fired copper pots
Distillation: Undiluted Fidencio Clásico is put back in the still for a third distillation. The mezcal is then macerated with a traditional mixture of fruit: quince, apples, bananas, pineapple and guava. This fruit is sourced from the mountains of Oaxaca. A whole chicken breast, skinned and washed to remove all fat, is hung from the cap of the still. The breast is said to soften the intensity and round out the flavor of the mezcal. Pechuga is produced over a short time at the end of each summer. Expect the fruit to create different expressions in the mezcal from year to year.
Tasting Notes: Fidencio Pechuga has a robust, fruity nose which is tempered by smoke and spiced agave on the palate. The finish is lingering with a rich, unctuous mouth feel.
"Fidencio Pechuga Mezcal is about the best thing I've ever had the pleasure of imbibing." - Rick Bayless