Los Vecinos Ensamble No. 1 Mezcal
Los Vecinos honors the centuries old distilling traditions of Oaxaca and the people whose families have produced these rich spirits for generations. In Valles Centrales de Oaxaca, a coop of mezcaleros with 10 palenques distills small batch mezcals using time-honored, traditional methods passed down by their ancestors. Using locally grown and hand harvested agave, the sultry, smoky sweetness of these artesanal mezcals is reached after days of slow roasting agave hearts underground. The pinas are crushed using a stone molino, then naturally fermented in wooden vats, and finally, double distilled using a copper pot still.
Mezcal Joven or “young” is bottled within two months of distillation without barrel aging and will appear clear, like a Vodka or Gin. Longer barrel aging, with the principal aim to soften and round a spirit’s flavor profile, is often most prized by connoisseurs. However, many die-hard Mezcal enthusiasts insist that oak takes away from the purity of the agave flavors—ranging from earthy and smoky to sweet and floral, often in the same Mezcal—and that Mezcal Joven is the best expression.