Composed of 100% Agave Tequiliana Weber, variety Azul (Blue Agave). Produced with the ancient method prevalent before the diffusion of above-ground cooking in the 1850s. Hacienda De Guadalupe is in Juitzila, Zacatecas, a few miles from the tequila valley just across the state border. Identical climate and weather conditions.
Maestro Mezcalero Jaime Bañuelos smokes the blue agaves in a Horno de Tierra (roasting pit), then crushes them with a traditional tahona, ferments naturally with wild yeast, and distils in small copper pot stills.
This method develops exceptional flavour profile: on the nose, it's like a higher-ABV tequila, but with a strong depth of smoke and earthiness. On the palate, it has the full-mouth coating texture of traditional mezcal, but elegant notes usually associated with tequila.
On the finish, the blue agave is very distinctive and leaves a long tequila-like freshness with earth under notes.