Xicaru Pechuga Mole is made in Santiago Matatlan, Oaxaca. This mezcal celebrates the tradition of both mezcal pechuga and traditional Oaxacan mole.
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About this mezcal
Xicaru Pechuga Mole is a celebration of two Oaxacan traditions: pechuga, a mezcal that is distilled with a chicken breast and traditionally reserved for special occasions, and mole negro, the iconic Oaxacan sauce. The agave Espadin used in this mezcal is cooked in an underground stone oven, tahona-mashed, fermented in open-air pine vats, and distilled over a wood fire. The mole negro is made from scratch over two days at the palenque, using molcajete-ground chilis, Oaxacan chocolate, and other fresh ingredients. It is added to the still along with a chicken breast for the final distillation.
Xicaru is the Zapotec word for beautiful. This name reflects mezcalero Fernando Santibañez’s desire to share his artistic creations. Using his grandmother’s recipe, Fernando makes small batches of Xicaru Mezcal at his palenque in Matatlán, Oaxaca. Its natural smoky flavor is derived by cooking the agave in a conical stone oven on mesquite and ocote, woods native to Oaxaca. The cooked agave is tahona mashed and naturally fermented in an open pine vat. Following fermentation, it is double distilled in a copper alembic, filtered and precisely blended. Fernando is extremely proud to be able share his family’s mezcal with you.