This mezcal is truly special, and like no Espadin we have tasted before. Located in the north of Durango towards Sinaloa, El Platanar sits in a sub-tropical valley surrounded by mountain ranges creating a unique micro climate. Chacaleno is a cultivated agave from the Espadin family grown on the steep mountain sided, only accessible by ATV.
Origen Raiz Espadin Chacaleno is made with maguey Chacaleño (Agave angustifolia). According to Asis Cortes, who is one of the brand owners, the Consejo Regulador del Mezcal that certifies mezcal required the brand to add Espadin to the title of this release, but this name is not used at all locally. The local producers simply refer to this as maguey Chacaleño. While this is an Agave angustifolia, it varies a great deal from the maguey Espadin that you’d find in Oaxaca.
Origen Raíz represents a partnership between two distinct sets of Mexican roots: the Saravia family of Durango, who have a long history of working to improve the local economy through business, and the Cortés family of Oaxaca, who contribute six generations of knowledge to the world of mezcal production. The families were brought together by their sons, Asis Cortés and Bildo Saravia, through cultural passion and respect for each other’s heritage.
AROMA: Bursting with tropical fruit on the nose.
TASTE: Mango and white flowers, roast banana on the palate, some white pepper, super creamy texture. Super silky.
ENJOY: Sipping mezcal is enjoyed slowly and with friends. Paired with smoked meats or bbq chicken.
- Maguey: Chacaleño (Agave Angustifolia)
- State: Durango
- Region: El Platanar
- Cooking: Underground oven
- Milling: Crushed using Hebradora (mechanical mill)
- Fermentation: Wild fermentation in underground 'piletas', a large rectangular pit dug into the earth.
- Still Type: Twice distilled in copper with stainless steel 'barrils'. First distillation with fibres.
- ABV of Mezcal: 48%
- Classification: Artisanal mezcal