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In the tiny village of San Miguel Ejutla in the central valley of Oaxaca, a co-operative comprised of 36+ families (Unión Productores de Agropecuarios del Distrito de Ejutla de Crespo (UPADEC)) is committed to sustainable, fair trade mezcal production the same way it’s been done by their ancestors for nearly two centuries. Underground wood-fired pits, donkey-pulled tahonas (stone-wheel mills), fermentation in wooden tanks and small-batch distillation in copper alembics punctuate a process that has been and remains the life’s work of these mezcaleros.
Comprised of 90% Espadin and 10% Barril agaves, Banhez Ensemble is a delightfully mild, floral and fruity (pineapple, banana) mezcal perfect for first-time mezcal tasters and wonderful for cocktail innovation. Winner of Best Mezcal and Double Gold awards at the 2017 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. 42% ABV
Comprised of 100% Tepeztate agave (which can take up to 25 years to mature), this rare bottling of this unique agave species yields a flavor rich in smoke and terroir driven earthiness, with a green pepper vegetal nose, soft green apple fruitiness, and notes of citrus zest. 47% ABV
Banhez Arroqueño is comprised of 100% Arroqueño agave, an enormous species taking up to 25 years to reach full maturity and found only in rural regions of Oaxaca. This delightful mezcal is earthy and dark, with subtle smoke and underlying sweetness. 47% ABV
One of the most revered of all agave species due to its scarcity and relatively small physical size, Tobalá agave has a growing period of up to 30 years. Banhez Tobalá is known for its intense aromatics and smooth flavor profile with tasting notes consisting of green mango, leather, and fresh green herbs. 47% ABV
Banhez Pechuga (“breast”) is comprised of 100% Espadin mezcal redistilled with indigenous seasonal fruits and raw turkey breast hung over a copper still, imparting deliciously balanced flavors and complexity in the alcohol’s vapors before condensation takes place. Pechuga has been consumed across Oaxaca on special occasions for centuries. 47% ABV
Produced in limited quantities due to the scarcity of this exceptional species of agave, Banhez Cuishe is an incredibly easy sipping mezcal with all the tropical fruitiness, fresh herbs and balanced flavor profile that Cuishe is known for. 47% ABV
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