Gracias a Dios Gin was developed by students at Oaxaca State University. Aside from a few differences, this gin is very similar to mezcal.
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About this gin
Gracias a Dios Gin was developed by students at Oaxaca State University. This spirit is somewhat unique as it’s made with agave Espadin, like the majority of other mezcals. Aside from a few differences, this spirit is made using the same process as any other mezcal. Distillation is one of the key differences. Gracias a Dios Gin is triple distilled, and during the additional third distillation, thirty-two hand picked botanicals are added to the liquid. A touch of juniper prevails over the other ﬂavors, although notes of citric and fresh herbs arise from this as well.
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.