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Mezcals are distilled from the agave plant. Tequila is a mezcal, but tequila producers remove the agave solids before they distill. Artisan mezcal distillers include the solids - not just the juice, making well-made artisan mezcals from Oaxaca richer and more complex than the mezcals called tequila. Individual Mezcalero bottlings are sourced from tiny distilleries throughout Oaxaca.
San Juan was fermented in oak vats and is the fruit of non-irrigated Espadín grown in sunny mountain-top plantings in ferriferous soil at 4,600 feet. It is fruity, rich, smokey, pleasantly sweet.
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