Mezcal isn’t really something we would think of drinking this time of year; it’s more a summer beverage, to be sure. But Creyente Mezcal Joven is so dang good we don’t really care. This joven mezcal is a blend of two, 100% Espadin agave mezcals from two different areas in Oaxaa – Tlacolula and Yautepec. (Mezcal means “oven-cooked agave” and Joven simply means “un-aged.”)
It’s partnership of two renowned mezcaleros, Pedro Mateo and Mijail Zarate, who, according to the website, believe anything is possible – even mixing the agave from different regions. Together, they have come up with a drink entitled Creyente, meaning “Believer.” They start by “emoving the pencas (leaves) and roasting the piñas (hearts) using an artisanal method with mesquite wood in a horno cónico de pierdra (stone oven) for three days.” It’s then fermented in wood barrels and distilled in copper pots. Finally, following distillation, “the two mezcals are cut with natural spring water, blended with each other, and together they become Creyente.”
The result is a very unique agave that combines the rich farming soils of Tlacolula with the mountain terroir of Yautepec. It has a velvety smooth body, with sweet hints of fruit, light herbal notes, hints of black pepper, and finished with the smokiness of the mesquite wood, all wrapped in a rich 80 proof. And the bottle is pretty sweet too, with the hybrid Royal Eagle and leopard representing the blend of distinct flavors. Not only that, but it’s also one of the best drinks we’ve had in quite some time. So grab a bottle and keep yourself warm this winter with tequila’s cousin; summer will be back before you know it.