Educational Tasting of Rare & Artisan Mezcals
Thursday August 13, 7:00pm, Mezcaleria Oaxaca on Capitol Hill (Seattle, WA)
Please join Experience Mezcal founder Clayton Szczech for an educational tasting of mezcals from throughout Mexico. The tasting flight will include four mezcals, with a focus on lesser-seen expressions. They have been carefully chosen to exhibit diversity of agave species, production regions and methods, maestros mezcaleros, aromas and flavors.
The four mezcals were chosen in response to the overwhelmingly positive feedback we received at our June 2015 tasting in Seattle. On August 13, we’ll taste:
- A “jabalí” mezcal from Rey Campero (Candelaria Yegolé, Oaxaca). This agave is one of the most notorious species, with many mezcaleros refusing to work with it. It’s know as el espumoso (“the foamy one”) for the sudsy mess it creates during fermentation. Good jabalí is delicate and floral, and this is one of the very best I have tasted.
- A four agave (!) blend from Real Minero (Sta. Catarina Minas, Oaxaca). Maestro mezcalero Lorenzo Ángeles blends espadín and three karwinskii sub-varietals (largo, tripón and barril) from his land to create this complex and masterful mezcal. The agaves are cooked, milled, fermented and distilled together in clay pot “Phillipine” stills.
- An extremely small batch raicilla from Western Jalisco, made from a blend of various wild agaves by Gildegardo Joya. Raicilla was the surprise hit of our June tasting, and I’m excited to bring this 56% ABV expression, rested three years in glass.
- A sheep pechuga from the state of Guerrero – one of the most unique and exotic mezcals I’ve ever tasted. An entire half of a sheep hangs in the alembic during teh second distillation of this mezcal made from wild papalote (Agave cupreata). A substitute will be available for those with dietary restrictions.
This is a private event and seating is very limited. Price includes the presentation and tasting flight, light food from Mezcalería Oaxaca, and gratuity.
Clayton lives in Mexico City and conducts monthly research trips throughout the mezcal producing regions. This tasting flight will consist of mezcals he has encountered in the past year in Oaxaca, Jalisco and beyond.
A note on pricing: Experience Mezcal is completely independent, and does not work for or accept payment from any mezcal brand. The price of admission will barely cover the cost of these rare mezcals and travel expenses. If you wonder why mezcal is not (and should not be) cheap, please come with those questions! These are 100% hand-made spirits produced by individuals and families in traditional rural areas. Wild agave is harvested by hand over widely ranging expanses of land, firewood for the oven and still must be searched out and gathered, and the rustic processes are slow and inefficient by design. All these factors make for exceedingly complex and unique spirits.