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Mezonte "Tepe" Lot 4 (Cenizo) Jalisco Spirit Distilled From Agave (750ml) (uncertified mezcal)

SKU #1389233

Mezonte is a non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting, supporting, and preserving the production and practices of traditional agave spirits of Mexico. The main objective is to create awareness of the cultural and biological value inherent in these incredible spirits. There's a particular emphasis on the spirits of Jalisco and Michoacan, but all agave spirits could be featured. The incredible organization began in a little bar in Guadalajara where Pedro Jiminez began to educate about these special spirits. The Tepe comes from Aciano Mendoza a native of the Tepehuano community located on the border between Jalisco, Durango and Nayarit. The spirit is primarily used for ritual purposes and Aciano and his family prefer to live isolated from western culture. He harvests wild agave Cenizo and roasts them in an underground earthen oven. The agave is crushed by hand using wooden mallets and distilled on clay pots built by the distiller. Only 300 liters were made in this batch and only half of that was bottled for Mezonte.

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By: Jackson Lee | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/23/2019 | Send Email
As a parent, they say you’re not supposed to have favorites. I’m not a parent, but the Mezonte line up and producers have won my heart over and I’ve personally purchased the first three releases to add to my collection at home. Now, I won’t say it’s my favorite, but the Tepe certainly has made quite the impression. There’s a certain mystique it carries down with it from the northern mountains of Jalisco and the aromas and flavors are unparalleled. On the nose I got briney, blueberry Fruity Pebbles, sweet roasted agave, underripe pineapple, Crenshaw melon, with a nice minerality. The palate was sublimely soft texturally, with notes of blueberries, kaffir lime and a fantastic minerality mirrored in the nose. As it lingers, the lime sticks around and is joined by sage, spearmint, and bacon. There might be a bit of sticker shock at first but know that you’re getting some very special stuff here. Not only that, but the producers who work with Mezonte are getting a big portion of the lion’s share. If you love agave spirits and supporting local, indigenous communities, don’t miss out on this offering!

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