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Xiaman Wild Tepextate & Espadin

Xiaman Wild Tepextate & Espadin is a small batch artesinal mezcal that is bottled in limited quantities of 500 bottles per batch.

About this mezcal

Xiaman Wild Tepextate & Espadin is an Ensamble of 50% wild agave Tepextate and 50% cultivated agave Espadin. The Tepextate used in this mezcal take about 25 to 30 years to properly mature, while the Espadín takes up to 8 years. The agave are cooked together in an underground pit oven, milled by tahona, fermented with open-air yeasts, and double-distilled in small copper stills.

Xiaman Mezcal

Xiaman Mezcal is crafted in the small region of San Tomás de Arriba, Oaxaca. The name Xiaman, refers to a mythical being who travels between heaven, the Earth, and the underworld. The project began when Austrian-born Hans-Peter Eder married his wife Adriana Alvarez. Together, they created Tequila Padre Azul, and then eventually came to find mezcal. They traveled through Oaxaca and found a producer making this Espadin-Tepextate Ensamble.

The bottle is designed by master artist Maurilio Rentería. Each bottle is hand-painted, labelled, and crowned with a stopper covered in chaquira beads in the shape of a jaguar head, by a group of Wixárica artisans. There is more than 13 hours of labor in every handcrafted bottle.

2 reviews

4 out of 5


TzotollineRaramuri

TzotollineRaramuri

67 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars5 months ago

Bottle# 460/500; 2019.
👀- clear
👃- drying impact.
Aromas of floral nectar, floral honey, honeycomb, quince, guava skin, savory herbs, vegetal, lime zest, white and black pepper, minerality of wet stone, limestone, sandstone; faint plastic.
Adequate and complex production aroma.
Average length and fine character.
👅- coating slightly astringent effect; sufficiently generous smooth to rough alcohol; medium body.
Primarily sour & bitter taste with sweet highlights; buttery-oily smoothness.
Flavors of waxy honeycomb, savory herbs, lime zest, vegetal, thyme, oregano, ginger spice.
Medium plus concentrated flavor intensity, slightly complex character, harmonious balance.
Straightforward and very long finish.
Very good to excellent overall impression.
*Balanced and complex, yet not extraordinary.

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Bottle# 460/500; 2019.
👀- clear
👃- drying impact.
Aromas of floral nectar, floral honey, honeycomb, quince, guava skin, savory herbs, vegetal, lime zest, white and black pepper, minerality of wet stone, limestone, sandstone; faint plastic.
Adequate and complex production aroma.
Average length and fine character.
👅- coating slightly astringent effect; sufficiently generous smooth to rough alcohol; medium body.
Primarily sour & bitter taste with sweet highlights; buttery-oily smoothne

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Tyler

Tyler

470 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars2 years ago

The bottle itself has a lot going on. The jaguar bead cap is amazing but the etched plant leafs (not agave) on the glass are odd. It is hard to not judge a book by the cover given the flashy bottle.. however, the mezcal is surprisingly decent. I would not have guessed it was 50/50 Espadin/Tepeztate because the agave Tepeztate flavors are a bit muted. There is a warm Espadin melody backed by a soft Tepeztate bass line. It is 44% ABV and very drinkable. There are notes of apple pie, cinnamon cream, and key lime pie – yes, desserts. Overall vibe is sweet and comforting. Lote X01. Bottle 006/500. 2019.

The bottle itself has a lot going on. The jaguar bead cap is amazing but the etched plant leafs (not agave) on the glass are odd. It is hard to not judge a book by the cover given the flashy bottle.. however, the mezcal is surprisingly decent. I would not have guessed it was 50/50 Espadin/Tepeztate because the agave Tepeztate flavors are a bit muted. There is a warm Espadin melody backed by a soft Tepeztate bass line. It is 44% ABV and very drinkable. There are notes of apple pie, cinnamon cream

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