The elegant, delicate sweetness of Espadín piñas, picked at peak maturity, shines through from the get-go.
Erstwhile Mezcal's Espadín Capón, a 2018 Limited Edition, is a special distillation of only 100 liters. Made from Espadín piñas homegrown on master mezcalero Juan Hernández Méndez's own land. Piñas were harvested about 1.5 years after cutting the quiotes, and hand-picked at harvest for maximum maturity. Distilled in March 2015, this distillation's complex flavors have melded and become even more exquisite with the benefit of time.
Try this distillation side by side with Erstwhile Mezcal's standard signature Espadín, which is crafted by a different producer: master mezcalero Silverio García Luis. It is the perfect showcase of how artisanal mezcal production is an art, not a science. That two mezcaleros, both distilling in copper stills and based only about 30 minutes apart in driving distance, can produce two excellent Espadín mezcals that are so remarkably and delightfully different.