This artesanal, single-producer, single-varietal mezcal is made using century's old techniques passed down through generations. Neither formulas nor scientific equipment are relied upon in its production. Rather, it's experience, skill, patience, and art that together create this exquisite liquid.
The Espadin expression is made from a blend of both wild and cultivated Espadin magueys, aged 8-10 years.
The agave hearts (piñas) are first hand-harvested by machete and coa (a long wooden stick with a thin blade at the bottom). They are then roasted in a conical earthen pit lined with volcanic rock, which absorbs and maintains the heat. Regional hardwoods, including mesquite, are lit, and agave fibers from a previous distillation are used as a base, to prevent the fresh piñas from burning and producing an overly bitter mezcal. Here, the natural starches in the piñas are converted into fermentable sugars over the course of 3-5 days.
Once cooled, the piñas, cut into smaller pieces by machete, are slowly crushed the traditional way: a horse pulls a large volcanic millstone (tahona) around a stone base in which the tender, fragrant piñas sit.
Once the juice is extracted and the fibers crushed, it is all transferred to large open-topped wooden vats for fermentation. Pure local mountain spring water is added, and then nature is allowed to take her time as wild, native airborne yeasts do their work of fermentation. This process that can take up to two weeks depending on season and even wind conditions.
Finally, for maximum flavor and complexity both the liquid and the fibers are transferred to the still. Corte Vetusto Espadin is twice distilled in a wood-fired copper still, which requires careful tending and a practiced eye to manage.
The spirit is joven, or unaged.
We recommending tasting it alongside its sister expression, Ensamble II