This mezcal is a blend of two 100% Espadin agave mezcals from different regions of Oaxaca (Tlacolula and Yautepec). It’s fitting, because the product is a parternship of two longtime mezcaleros – Pedro Mateo and Mijail Zarate – who have tinkered with classical distillation processes to come up with Creyente. The piñas are roased using an artisanal method with mesquite wood in a stone oven for three days. The roasted piñas are ground by hand using a stone mill to extract their syrups, fermented in wooden barrels, then distilled in small copper stills. Following distillation, the two mezcals are cut with natural spring water, blended with each other, and together they become Creyente.
The crystal clear Creyente offers a classically smoky nose, studded with notes of lemon zest, black pepper, and overripe fruit. On the palate, more smoke leads to a relatively fruit-heavy body, lightly oily with notes of black pepper, polish, and sweetened cereal. The finish sticks to the palate (and the ribs), with overtones of petrol, licorice, and smoky forest fire.