San Luis Potosî, Mexico
Mezcal Metiche is built on principles of sustainability in mezcal production. Produced only using Agave Salmiana in San Luis Potosí, where this type of agave’s usage is regulated by the Ministry of Environmental and Natural Resources, who issues extraction licenses for the communities and lands that use it in consideration for the care provided by the locals, the sustainability of the species, and the balance of the local ecosystem.
Mezcal Metiche is produced in San Luis Potosí at Ex Hacienda Laguna Seca del Siglo XVII, located in the municipality of Charcas, where mezcal has been produced since 1870 nearly continuously. Ex Hacienda gave shelter to Miguel Hidalgo, Benito Juarez, and other liberals and conservatives from the XIX Century, and during the revolution it also gave shelter to villistas and militants of the government, who sent mezcal in jars to their superiors to let them know everything in the area was under control.
Mezcal Built on Sustainability
Region: The Altiplano de San Luis Potosí is semi-arid with salty soil, extremely low yearly rainfall (under 400mm per year), high temperatures during the day and low temperatures during the night--conditions that only allow the growth of crasicaul vegetation, such as agave, grass, mesquite, huisache, and oregano, and other species with no timber. Agave Salmiana helps the local ecosystem recuperate by holding water and soil, which facilitates the growth of surrounding species such as grass and bushes, which are then also used as food by goats, increasing the income of rural settlers in this region (most of the goats consumed in Monterrey originate in San Luis Potosí).
Agave: 100% Wild Salmiana matured at 10-13 years
Grinding: Tahona mill, tractor drawn stone
Cooking: 3-4 days in stone ovens heated with steam produced by a cauldron filled with local plant species, named mezote, representing a balanced use of the natural resources, eliminating the introduction of fuels derived from petrol, and producing an intense, soft, and unsmoked flavor.
Fermentation: Natural, indigenous yeasts in masonry tubs for 3-5 days
Distillation: Double distillation in a copper stills
Tasting Notes: Crystalline color with silver sparkles, agave, citric, and herbal aromas with a touch of oregano, mint, and anise. Intense richness, yet not aggressive. Pleasant acidity that leaves a sense of freshness, long aftertaste, high viscosity, soft, sweet, and with mineral notes reminiscent of the soil of the potosiano plateau. Unsmoked. Available in both 40% and 49% ABV bottlings.
As a Cocktail
The ripe, vegetal notes and minerality in Metiche 40 make it easily mixable with other bright, fresh flavors: carrot, beet, celery, watermelon, lime, grapefruit – look no further than your garden for cocktail inspiration.
Neat or Over Ice
Mezcal Metiche is vibrant – it’s cooked with water vapor rather than smoked in an underground pit, so the flavors of the agave and the terroir shine through without competing with smoke.
The vegetal qualities of Metiche Mezcal make it a classic food pairing spirit – break out the oysters, pickled spicy carrots, watermelon with chili powder. It pairs well with fruits and vegetables from around the globe.