Maguey Melate Espadin from Lidia Hernández Hernández shows the complexity of maguey espadin (Agave angustifolia) that is too often overlooked.
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|Destilado de Agave
|Lidia Hernández Hernández
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|Batch LID-ESP-001: 400 Liters
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About this destilado de agave
Maguey Melate Espadin from Lidia Hernández Hernández was originally released as the February 2021 Mezcalera of the Month Club agave spirit. This spirit was produced using Agave angustifolia in Santiago Matatlan, Oaxaca. This wasn’t just any Espadín batch, however. It’s what Lidia calls ‘first-class’ Espadín as it was cultivated from seeds rather than root born. It grew on her family’s land and was capon’d for 4 months before harvest. The agave cooked in an underground pit oven for 4 days before being milled via tahona. They fermented in pine wood vats for 5 days and were distilled in a copper pot still. The entire batch featured in this first release (LID-ESP-001) was 400 liters from December 2020.
Maguey Melate was founded on two ideas: 1) Artisanal agave spirits are amazing and should be shared with the world, and 2) The faster-cheaper economy is a harmful force for people, the environment, and now agave spirits.
They believe if mezcal (and agave spirits) can be understood and appreciated at its full potential, people will show their preference for quality artisanal mezcal that is sustainably and fairly sourced. By raising consumer consciousness on the origins of mezcal and educating enthusiasts on matters of quality and character, informed people will be empowered to ensure the future of mezcal. To do this, they’re reaching a large audience with an impactful message: KEEP MEZCAL ARTISANAL!
Maguey Melate is perhaps most well-known for their Mezcalero of the Month Club, which delivers artisanal small-batch agave spirits directly to the doors of consumers in the US and Mexico. In addition to the monthly spirits, they offer exclusive content and interviews with producers. Single releases are also available in the Maguey Melate shop.