Agave Spirits Tasting:
Over-proofed and Artisanal
Sunday July 12, 5:00pm, Mi Mero Mole in old Town (Portland, OR)
Please join Experience Mezcal / Experience Tequila founder Clayton Szczech and Mi Mero Mole for a special guided tasting of four highly-prized Mexican spirits, along with small plates from MMM.
The flight of four traditional Mexican spirits was personally selected by Clayton during recent distillery visits. The theme of this tasting is breaking down the artificial divisions between Mexico’s traditional beverages, and defining and defending quality Mexican spirits: Tequila, mezcal, sotol and more. Come prepared to learn about the traditions, histories and production methods of three distinct categories.
The tasting flight will consist of:
- Caballito Cerrero Blanco (uncertified Tequila, 46% ABV). Produced by 15th-generation producer Javier Jiménez of Amatitán, Caballito Cerrero is one of the few remaining “vinos de mezcal de Tequila.” They have butted heads with the CRT for decades, and access to their distillery and their Tequila is tightly guarded. Photos from a recent visit.
- G4 Blanco (Tequila, still strength 55% ABV). Produced by Tequila’s “mad genius,” Felipe Camarena, incorporating the best of traditional methods, as applied by a forward-thinking engineer from one of Tequila’s dynastic families. Distillery video from TasteTequila.com
- Sotol Aldama (Chihuahuan Sotol, 47% ABV). Sotol is made from an Agavaceae called Dasilyrion Wheeleri. This is the best one I have ever tasted. Get ready for strong, and possibly brand-new flavors.
- A mystery artisan Oaxacan mezcal, unavailable commercially in the US. It will not disappoint!
This is a private event and seating is limited. Price includes the presentation and tasting flight, light food from Mi Mero Mole, and gratuity. Online RSVP and pre-payment of $45 are required to be admitted to the event. Questions? Please email us.
A note on pricing: Experience Mezcal/Experience Tequila is completely independent, and does not work for or accept payment from any spirits brand. These are 100% hand-made spirits produced by individuals and families in traditional rural areas. Sotol and mezcal, in particular, are produced from hand-harvested, wild plants 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.