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The Lost Explorer Mezcal Espadin (70cl, 42%)

Get to know: The Lost Explorer Mezcal Espadin

Tasting Note

100% Agave Double distilled Mezcal from San Pablow Huixtepec, Oaxaca. This is a sweet and herbaceous expression, well-balanced with fresh herbs, hints of wood from the fires pit red apple, ripe fruits and a mild smoky layer to finish.

Espadín is the most commonly sourced agave varietal for mezcal. Its sky-reaching sword-like leaves protect the piña. Typically, an Espadín agave will take 5-8 years to reach maturity, though The Lost Explorer team like to leave theirs alone for 8. The extra time is well savored.

Sip this with a slice of pear dipped in sea salt or try it in a Mezcal Mule garnished with a lime wheel and mint sprig

50 ml The Lost Explorer Espadín
90 ml Ginger beer
25 ml Fresh lime juice
10 ml Simple syrup

In a shaker, add ice, simple syrup, mezcal, and lime juice. Shake vigorously. Strain into a copper mug filled with crushed ice. Top with ginger beer. Stir and garnish with lime and mint. Catch the breeze.

Producer Info

The Lost Explorer Mezcal began as a curiosity of time and the earth. That curiosity has led them to create a small-batch mezcal as a toast to empowering sustainable Mexican enterprise, whilst also protecting the ancient artisanal craft, heritage and biodiversity of Mexico.

For the past 40 years, internationally recognized and award-winning Maestro Mezcalero Don Fortino Ramos has dedicated himself to mastering the art of distilling mezcal. A love for the craft runs in the family: his daughter, Xitlali, works closely by his side in her pursuit to become the family’s second generation mezcalera.

They believe in order to best serve Nature, they must listen to it and learn from it. On ancestral Miztec land in Valles Centrales, Oaxaca, their agaves spend 8-12 years reaching their ripest maturity in different parts of the arid and sun-soaked valley. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to caring for each of the varietals—Espadín, Tobalá and Salmiana vary in average size, each with its own particularities to listen to and care for. To promote biodiversity, they plant three new wild agaves for every one hand-harvested and never use insecticides, enriching the land for all species calling it home.

Don Fortino’s preferred bottling strength is 42% ABV, as he believes this offers the perfect balance of raw ingredients and alcohol. This is very much a signature style of The Lost Explorer Mezcal, producing a smooth, well-balanced and elegant flavor that allows the full complexity of the agave to shine through. Once Fortino is satisfied with the final liquid, it is ready to be bottled as a joven (unaged) mezcal.