Susto Mezcal invites you to “fear nothing but the absence of taste.” This mezcal is round with notes of sweet agave, vanilla, and tropical fruit.
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|San Dionisio Ocotepec
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About this mezcal
Susto Mezcal Joven is made by mezcalero Crispin Perez at his palenque in San Dionisio Ocotepec, Oaxaca. He draws on his Zapotec heritage and his family’s centuries-long tradition of making mezcal to produce this spirit. In 1996, Perez traveled abroad and worked as a dishwasher to raise money to fund his two priorities: hosting a community fiesta honoring the baptism of his daughters and expanding his mezcal production by purchasing his own copper still. Perez now serves as an elder – or leader – in his community and he and his family continue building their business of mezcal production.
SUSTO MEZCAL is a project from Grupo Compadres, which is the evolution of a long-standing friendship between two families in Austin, TX and one in Oaxaca. In 2015, the five partners began serious conversations about launching a mezcal that honored the craftsmanship of mezcaleros and offered the unique experience of mezcal to Texas and beyond. They partnered with mezcalero Crispín Perez, who was already a respected local maestro mezcalero, in 2017 to bring SUSTO to life.
The word susto means fear or fright after significant events such as immense loss, natural disasters, and moments of high emotion. Such events, according to local folklore, can cause the separation of body and soul, and subsequently can be healed by curanderos, native faith healers or shamans, who typically offer a sip of mezcal at the end of their ritual to bring alignment back to the affected.
Grupo Compadres has also prioritized investing in the local, rural community where SUSTO MEZCAL is produced. A portion of SUSTO MEZCAL’s sales benefit the Oaxacan community foundation to fund educational scholarships for Oaxacan middle and high school students.