Gracias a Dios del Cura is a small batch, limited edition release made with agave Espadin, fresh pineapple, and fresh guava.
Gracias a Dios del Cura (con Piña)
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About this mezcal
Gracias a Dios del Cura is a limited edition mezcal that is made from agave Espadin. Before the second and final distillation, mezcalero Oscar Hernandez added fresh pineapple and guava to be distilled with the agave. This addition of fruit was first done by Oscar in year 2000, when he made a special batch for the priest of his home town in Santiago Matatlan. He’s been making this mezcal for the priest every year since and he made a second batch of this special mezcal for the public in 2018. Some batches of this are labelled Mezcal Destilado con Piña.
Gracias a Dios Mezcal
The team behind Gracias a Dios Mezcal opened a mezcalería in Querétaro, México in 2010. After two years of touring around Mexico in search of mezcal, they met mezcalero Oscar Hernández and were impressed by his mezcal. They decided to create a brand with Oscar and make him an equal partner. Oscar learned how to distill from his mother whose nickname is “La Jefa”.
Aside from a few special releases, Gracias a Dios is made in Santiago Matatlan, Oaxaca. It is 100% artisanal, handmade with piñas from Espadín agave and other varieties, ground and fermented in their own palenque in Santiago Matatlán, and distilled in copper by maestro mezcalero Oscar Hernández Santiago. Their Karwinskii agaves are shredded mechanically, due to the toughness of their fibers, and then tahona-crushed afterwards. All other agave used at this palenque are crushed by horse-drawn tahona only.
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This is kinda weird. I’m sort of into it, but it’s weird and far less pineapple forward than i’d expect. It’s a cool idea, but not an execution I’m crazy about.
Aromas of pineapple and smoked mesquite. Kind of thin and tasting like medicine. The pineapple is not overpowering on the palate. It’s very faint in flavor. I like the story behind this but don’t really enjoy the mezcal.