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Packaging Spotlight: Sabor de Oaxaca . Mole Sauce

 

 
INSPIRACIÓN._ Gran parte de las personas que visitan el estado de Oaxaca, salen de el con al menos un producto artesanal; nuestra inspiración está en uno de los productos con mayor consumo en la entidad, sus trajes típicos, sus textiles. Queremos llevar a tu mesa un recuerdo de Oaxaca. Un producto artesanal. Un producto de artesanos.

 
ENG._ A lot of people that visit the state of Oaxaca, leave the state with at least a handmade product; Our inspiration is one of the largest consumer products in the state, their typical clothes, textiles. We want to bring to your table a souvenir of Oaxaca, a handmade product. A product of craftsmen.

Design and illustration of labels and packaging for Sabor de Oaxaca.

 

 
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Product Spotlight: Illegal Mezcal

 

Desperate for a good agave-based spirit to stock at his bar (Café No Se) in Antigua, John Rexer began smuggling artisanal mezcal from Mexico to Guatemala using banditos, river rafts, bribes, disguises, and late night drop points. As word spread about Rexer’s illegal mezcal, travelers and tourists, journalists and photographers and lawyers and businessmen began patronizing Rexer’s bar and smuggling the mezcal from Guatemala back to the United States. Simply put, Ilegal Mezcal began as an illegal pursuit to stock Café No Se with some of the finest spirits being distilled in Mexico.

Today, the journey of Ilegal Mezcal begins in the agave fields of Tlacolula, Mexico. There, under the watchful eye of master distiller Eric Hernandez, expert mezcaleros harvest agave plants that are nearly a decade old and have reached their peak of maturity. After the agave have been harvested, the hearts of the agave, or piñas, are transported to Hernandez’s distillery.

At the distillery, the piñas are cooked in a pit oven for approximately five days. The oven is heated by a wood furnace dug below the pit, and kindled with oak, mesquite and eucalyptus (this gives the mezcal its signature, smoky flavor). After the piñas have been cooked, they are chopped into smaller pieces and finally crushed to a mash by a tahona, a stone mill drawn by a horse (Hernandez’s horse is named Caballo Sin Nombre, which means “a horse with no name”). The mash is then fermented for up to two weeks by airborne yeasts before it is distilled twice, first through small, stainless steel alembic stills and then again through copper alembic stills.

Ilegal Mezcal Joven is unaged and has notes of sweet agave, eucalyptus and minerals, complimented a light floral note. The notes of rich agave are well-balanced with hints of pear, apples and citrus, and are followed by a long finish.

Ilegal Mezcal Reposado is aged for four months in 200-liter, medium-charred American oak casks. It has notes of smoky agave, along with a touch of green apple, mesquite, and oak.

Ilegal Mezcal Añejo is aged for thirteen months in medium-charred American oak, medium-charred French oak and used bourbon casks. As a result, while each batch of Ilegal Mezcal Añejo is slightly different, the mezcal boasts expressive notes of roasted pineapples, citrus and smoke. The flavors open up to notes of figs, tobacco, and slight hints of caramel, which are layered over a chocolate, peppery finish.

Each Ilegal Mezcal is certified by COMERCAM (Mexico’s regulatory body for mezcal) as being produced naturally — the only ingredients in the mezcal are 100% wild espadín agave, Oaxacan sun, water and time.

“Mezcal is very small, very artisanal,” says Rexer. “You can taste the difference from village to village, because of the water, because of whether the agave are processed in a clay pot or a copper pot. It’s handcrafted.”

 

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Tasting Notes

Joven: Notes of sweet agave, eucalyptus and minerals, complimented a light floral note. The notes of rich agave are well-balanced with hints of pear, apples and citrus, and followed by a long finish.
Reposado: Notes of smoky agave, along with a touch of green apple, mesquite, and oak.
Añejo: Expressive notes of roasted pineapples, citrus and smoke. The flavors open up to notes of figs, tobacco, and slight hints of caramel, which are layered over a chocolate, peppery finish.

 

 

Company: Illegal Mezcal
Brand: Illegal Mezcal
Origin: Mexico
Category: Alcohol
Alcohol Volume: 40%
Variants: Joven, Reposado, Añejo
Packaging: 750ml bottle
Price: $46.99 (Joven), $64.99 (Reposado), $95.99 (Añejo)
Where to Buy: View Locations, Buy Online
Website: illegalmezcal.com

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Product Spotlight: Cha cha cha Mezcal

 

Cha cha cha is a line of premium mezcal products produced in Santiago Matatlan , Oaxaca , exclusively with agave espadín (selected from 9 to 10 years of maturation ) and hand processed by mezcaleros (teachers) with more than 250 years of history.

It is one of the first mezcal products made in Santiago Matatlán , Oaxaca , more than 250 years. Originally, this mezcal did not have a name and was sold in bulk in town. Subsequently, the different generations that have kept its secret have named renamed this product many times.

A few years ago Don Margarito (peasant farmer of Nuestro agave ) was asked if the Mezcal that was made with his agave was good he respondedace: " Cha cha cha " ( which means "very, very, very " good in zapoteco ). This is the name of a famous zapoteco poem which tells the history of mezcal from the beginning, to the present day and this is where the name comes from.

Cha cha cha Mezcal is sustainable and organic. In the Palencque (Mezcal Factory) the artisanal methods of producing the Mezcal by hand and without industrial machinery have been maintained. It is a completely natural product without accelerators or added sugars other than agave sugar(100%). The bottles are made ​​with 100% recycled glass and the labels used in the paper, whether in manual screen printing inks are organic based.

 

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Company: Cha Cha Cha Mezcal
Brand: Cha Cha Cha
Origin: Mexico
Category: Alcohol
Alcohol Volume: 38% ( Joven 45 has 45% alcohol)
Variants:  Joven 38º, Joven 45º, Reposado y Añejo
Packaging: 750ml bottle
Price: $241 MXP - $307 MXP
Where to Buy: Direct on Website
Website: chachachamezcal.com

 

 

 

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