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Fidencio ‘Single Cask Nation’ Añejo

This special cask barrel-aged mezcal was distilled 2009, aged for 5 years in a first-fill bourbon barrel, and then stored in glass for an additional 4 years before bottled in 2018 at cask strength.

Rating: (3 reviews)
Cost:$$$$
Brand:Fidencio Mezcal
NOM:NOM-O15X
Mezcalero:Enrique Jiménez
Agave / Maguey:Angustifolia, Espadin
Grind:Tahona
Distillation:Copper
Style:Aged in Glass, Extra Añejo
State:Oaxaca
Town:Santiago Matatlan
ABV: 50.9%
Batch size: 780 bottles
Release year: 2019
Website: http://www.fidenciomezcal.com/
About this mezcal

This special cask barrel-aged mezcal was distilled by 5th generation mezcalero Enrique Jiminez in Santiago Matatlán, Oaxaca in April 2009 using 100% maguey Espadin. The batch was then aged in a first-fill bourbon barrel for 5 years. Next, it was transferred into glass demijohns in 2014 for an additional 4 years of resting. It was bottled in 2018 at 50.9% ABV, cask strength. Only one barrel of this was produced for the Jewish Whisky Company and their line of single barrel products, Single Cask Nation. This aged mezcal has notes of exotic fruit and roasted agave meat along with diesel smoke and fresh tar mid-palate.

Fidencio Mezcal

Fidencio Mezcal has four generations of knowledge and they use their own estate grown agave. Fabrica de Amigo del Mezcal is the name of the distillery/palenque that produces Fidencio Mezcal. Fidencio Jiménez, the namesake for Fidencio Mezcal, started making mezcal over 100 years ago when he moved to Santiago Matatlán, Oaxaca. He began to live the life of a Mezcalero, learning from peers and by trial-and-error. He worked closely with his son Enrique to perfect their craft and to pass down their knowledge to the next generation. In those days, even the equipment was from the land: clay pots for fermentation, distillation & storage and river reeds for tubing.

For more information on the Jimenez family, read The Story of Isaac Jimenez by Alvin Starkman (owner of Mezcal Educational Excursions of Oaxaca). Fidencio is made by the same family that produces El Buho. Due to the artisanal nature of their mezcal, the ABV may vary slightly between batches.

3 reviews

3.83 out of 5


Anthony84proof

Anthony84proof

2 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars3 months ago

Shockingly complex given that it spend 5 years in oak before being moved to glass to rest a further 4 years. I was amazed how much agave flavor still kicks through. Definitely the most interesting mezcal I have tried that spent any time in a wood.

t8ke

t8ke

90 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars4 months ago

Thick, rich mouth feel. Faint pinprick of ethanol. Ash, oak, honey and agave. Rich mango, pepper and ashy charcoal. Big creamy vanilla note, with cinnamon and toffee.

Really quite phenomenal. I wish I bought more of this (or was able to). Unique, and shows not all oak aged agave is a total snorefest.

Tyler

Tyler

395 reviews
Rated 3 out of 5 stars6 months ago

Not normally drawn to aged mezcals but the uniqueness of this batch drew me in. On the nose there is maple syrup and molasses. On the palate, there are notes of burnt wood, charred agave, dry smoke, sweet jerky, and a bit of clove. The finish has a sour note that reminds me of cheap joven Agave espadin mezcals. Despite the 9 years in barrel and glass, at 50.9% there is still quite a bite that slightly numbs the palate. Again, I’m not a big fan of aged agave spirits but I really enjoy Tequila Ocho Reposado. I would like to try the reposado release from Fidencio and Single Cask Nation but it was done years ago and is likely nowhere to be found.

Not normally drawn to aged mezcals but the uniqueness of this batch drew me in. On the nose there is maple syrup and molasses. On the palate, there are notes of burnt wood, charred agave, dry smoke, sweet jerky, and a bit of clove. The finish has a sour note that reminds me of cheap joven Agave espadin mezcals. Despite the 9 years in barrel and glass, at 50.9% there is still quite a bite that slightly numbs the palate. Again, I’m not a big fan of aged agave spirits but I really enjoy Tequi

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