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Erstwhile Espadin

Erstwhile Espadin Mezcal is crafted by master mezcalero Silverio García Luis in Rancho Blanco Güilá, Santiago Matatlán, Oaxaca.

Rating: (5 reviews)
Brand:Erstwhile Mezcal
Mezcalero:Silverio Garcia Luis
Town:Santiago Matatlán
ABV: 48%-49%
Release year: 2018
Website: https://www.erstwhilemezcal.com/, opens in new window

About this mezcal

Erstwhile Espadin Mezcal is crafted by master mezcalero Silverio García Luis in Rancho Blanco Güilá, Santiago Matatlán, Oaxaca. This mezcal is naturally fermented in wood vats in open-air and distilled in copper pots. Bathes were produced in August 2017, March 2018, and May 2018 yielding 1447, 1197, and 997 liters respectively. This mezcal has notes of butterscotch, banana, roasted agave and black tea. The finish lingers, with notes of ash and soft smoke on the palate.

Erstwhile Mezcal

Erstwhile Mezcal is a Brooklyn-based mezcal brand specializing in small-batch artisanal and ancestral mezcal. It was founded in 2017 by Yuan Ji (lawyer-turned-empresaria) and Kevin J. Brown (antiquarian map expert and Owner of Geographicus Rare Antique Maps). Their mission is to discover, curate, and connect both connoisseurs and novices with small-batch mezcal of the highest caliber. The team behind Erstwhile Mezcal is committed to mezcal education, transparency, sustainability and fair trade. Erstwhile Mezcal is a woman-owned business that supports fellow women in mezcal production. The first batches of Erstwhile Mezcal arrived in New York and California in the fall of 2018.

In the US, Erstwhile Mezcal can be purchased directly from their online store.

Member rating

3.7 out of 5

5 reviews

James Christian

James Christian

46 reviews
Rated 3 out of 5 stars1 year ago

I don’t have detailed tasting notes… tried recently at Mexico In A Bottle, March 2023 in DC.

Capable espadin for sure. For me, it had a lot of the same profiles as Vecinos, which I consider a pretty middle-of-the-road mixer at best. While this is definitely better than the Vecinos, I didn’t find it had a lot to say or a lot of character.

Smooth, easy drinking… a tad oily palate.. just not my jam for an espadin.



49 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars2 years ago

Lot: 18-SGL-ESP-2
Batch: 779/1329

Soft, enjoyable mezcal. Spice, cream cheese, cooked agave on the nose and palate. A bit of minerality in the short finish. One of the easiest to drink mezcals I’ve tried.



708 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars4 years ago

Smells fantastic! Aromas of cinnamon, allspice, brown sugar, and sweet butter. Smells like snicker-doodle cookie dough. The palate has notes of dust, old books, and hard cheeses. Extremely dry. Short ashy finish.



18 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars4 years ago

Lot: 18-SGL-ESP-3 Batch: 1890/1894 … Sweet roasted agave on the nose. Completely agree with the tasting notes “Savory, spicy and peppery”. Lingering smoky finish that keep building. A clean, savory and delicious mezcal. Enjoyed neat. 49%AbV



5 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars4 years ago

Was gifted this by a friend. Its the kind of gift that keeps giving as its very hard to put away. This is one of my top favorites at this price point. Soft and creamy. Subtle ash. No burn. Very flavorful.

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