Koch el Mezcal
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Country of Origin: Mexico
Location: Oaxaca, Mexico
People: Carlos Moreno & Pedro Hernandez, Owners | Pedro Hernandez, Mezcal Master
Koch el Mezcal produces traditional, handcrafted mezcal made by artisan mezcal masters from different regions in Oaxaca. These mezcal masters have generations of knowledge in agave plant processing, and thus allow Koch el Mezcal to be at the forefront of Mezcal conservation (Koch recollects and conserves organic seeds of enemic agave species of the region, and in 2014 planted more than 30,000 agave plants).
Mezcal is an alcoholic spirit with a certified denomination of origin, elaborated through the distillation of the fermented juice of the agave plant in its various forms. There is a wide variety of species of agave plants and each one of them produces a different variety of mezcal. Each resulting variety has its own set of concrete characteristics that are very unique and specific, and are also influenced by the area of growth of the agave plant and its transformation process.
In 1995 mezcal obtained a denomination of origin, registered by the world organization of intellectual property (OMPI) based in Geneva, Switzerland. At present, under the strict regulations of the official Mexican policy NOM-070 the states of Oaxaca, Durango, Guerrero, San Luis Potosí, Zacatecas, Guanajuato (1 township), Tamaulipas (11 townships) and Michoacán (29 townships) have been registered as protected territories and the sole manufacturers of mezcal.
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