Xicaru, the Zapotec word for beautiful, reflects Fernando Santibañez’s desire to share a traditionally produced mezcal that is approachable and distinct. Using his grandmother’s recipe, Fernando makes small batches of Xicaru Mezcal with time-honored methods at a palenque in Matatlán, Oaxaca. This mezcal showcases the 100% Agave espadin from which it’s made. 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. A blanket of spider webs in the rafters of the distillery lends distinction to this process. Following fermentation, the must is double distilled in a copper alembic, filtered and precisely blended to 81 proof. The final product, perfected over generations, has earthy characteristics on the front palate which give way to citrus and rich vegetal agave notes that finish distinctively clean. A tinge of smoke complements these flavors without overwhelming the delicate balance found in Xicaru. Fernando is extremely proud to be able share his family’s mezcal with you.
Xicaru Silver Mescal is pure and translucent, with the strong smokey aromatic characteristics of a mezcal. It is robust with a substantial body, rich and earthy up front giving way to citrus and vegetals, a delicate dance and balance all tinged with a light smokiness that drifts gently across without being overwhelming. The mouth-feel is complex and intriguing and the finish clean, long lasting.
Xicaru, the word of the indigenous Zapotec people of Mexico for ‘Beautiful’ is now a delightful spirit, we think you will agree.
Origin: Oaxaca, Mexico Wood: Mesquite & ocote Still: Copper alembic
Palenque: Matatlán Mash: Tahona method Distillation: Double
Agave: 100% espadin Fermentation: Natural Proof: 81
Oven: Conical stone Fermentation tank: Pine vat NOM: F193D