Erstwhile Henequén Mezcal

Originally made for Juan Hernández Méndez' personal collection, this small-batch mezcal is crafted with cultivated fast-maturing Henequén agaves. It's the first mezcal of its kind to be imported into the US.
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Erstwhile Mezcal is an importer from Brooklyn, New York, specializing in artisanal mezcal. Founded in 2017 by Yuan Ji and Kevin J. Brown, they are laser-focused on helping smaller, family-operated mezcal producers reach the US. This involves education, curation, and extensive research — all in order to bring the best traditional small-batch mezcal to the consumer while enabling the producers to expand.

They never meddle with the mezcaleros' production process and always pay them fairly, only stepping in when and where their help is needed. This includes fronting legal fees, finding a suitable bottling facility, and any similar hurdles which are overcome at the beginning of every partnership they make. Transparency plays a huge role in the way they operate, always stating where the mezcal is sourced from and actively communicating with the mezcal-loving community.

Their very first release was the Erstwhile Mezcal Espadín from Rancho Blanco Güilá. While the founders were scouring the Oaxaca countryside for a flagship Espadín Mezcal, they came upon master mezcalero Silverio García Luis. They immediately knew they'd found what they were looking for. Complex, elegant, balanced, as well as versatile and good value, it was the perfect fit for their first shipment from Mexico. Since then they have been partnering with some of the finest traditional mezcal producers.

Erstwhile Henequén Mezcal was made by maestro mezcalero Juan Hernández Méndez & Hortensia Hernández Martínez in Santiago Matatlán, Oaxaca in December 2017. A total of 500 bottles of the 90-proof spirit were made using natural open-vat fermentation and alembic copper-pot stills. The mezcal was originally made for the Méndez' personal collection before entering into a partnership with Erstwhile. It is the first mezcal that is crafted with cultivated fast-maturing Henequén agaves to be imported into the US.

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Proof 90 (45% ABV)
Distiller/Bottler Name Juan Hernández Méndez & Hortensia Hernández Martínez
Size 750mL
It's a fresh, smooth, and savory profile with green, mineral, and earthy notes. There's a pleasant sweetness to it, along with cornmeal notes and citrus. Finishes with a touch of spice and a lingering tingling with a Sichuan peppercorn note.
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