Fidencio Mezcal (375 ml) 'Clasico' Espadín (88 proof)
Item Number: 14495
Sub Region: Oaxaca
Appellation/AVA: Santiago Matatlan
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Agave Espadín
Type: Spirits - Mezcal
Bottle Size: 375 ml
Closure: T Top
Alc by Vol(%): 49
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic
About the Estate: The Jimenez Estate is located in Santiago Matatlán, Oaxaca; known as “Capital Mundial Del Mezcal – mezcal capital of the world.” The Jimenez Family started farming agave in the 1950’s taking great care to produce the highest quality agave. The entire estate is dedicated to one of Oaxaca’s noble agave, Espadín. In the fields, the Zapotec heritage continues with biodynamic and organic (certification pending) farming.
Harvest: The harvest is always done during the new moon. The phase of the moon during harvest has a profound influence on the flavor of mezcal. A new moon harvest will result in a more delicate mezcal. During harvest, the farmers remove the long, sharp leaves and separate the body from the roots. At this point the agave is referred to as a piña because it resembles a very large pineapple. At the distillery, the piñas are split by hand with an ax into four to eight pieces, depending on the size.
Roast: The agave for the Clásico is roasted in the traditional method. The oven is a stone lined, earthen pit. A fire of encino, the local black oak, is lit in the pit, which heats up the stones. When the fire goes out and the stones are hot, the agave is piled in the pit and buried. The smoky agave piñas are ready after three days.
Distillation: Fermented agave is boiled to separate water and concentrate the alcohol. With each pass through the still, the heart (corazon) is separated from the head (cabeza) and tail (cola), which are not used for mezcal. Different parts of the fermented agave juice evaporate at different temperatures. The impurities are found in the beginning and end (head and tail) of the distillation cycle. Only the corazon is used in the final product. Fidencio Clásico is distilled twice in a traditional, wood fired, simple Alembic still. This still is very similar to the stills used in Cognac. After the second distillation, a touch of water is added and it is bottled at 44% alcohol.
Best Mezcal Under $50 by Punch
"Fidencio’s flagship bottling is also produced from espadín in Santiago Matatlán. Their agave, too, is roasted in a stone-lined pit under a fire of local black oak, then fermented in open-top pine vats for six to eight days before it is twice distilled in copper alembic stills, similar to ones used in cognac production. Perhaps due to that latter method, it (not surprisingly) offered an almost “crossover” quality to many of the tasters. It starts out sweet, funky and ester-y—like a rhum agricole or white Jamaican rum—before moving toward more savory mezcal notes. It’s round and rich on the mid-palate, but finishes lean."
Spirits Journal, March 2010
"Delicate wood smoke and green pepper scents highlight the bouquet; flavor profile features pipe tobacco, road tar, cigarette ash and pine needle; tangy, piquant."