This rare distillation, made from cultivated Henequén piñas, is a small-batch limited edition of only 397 liters. Master mezcalero Juan Hernández Méndez originally made this distillation for his own personal collection;Yuan and Kevin jumped at the opportunity to bring this to the US.This is the first artisanal Henequén in the US market.
Unabashedly verdant, with an aroma that evokes fresh rain in the countryside. On the palate this is slightly spicy, with a hint of tingly numbness on the tongue reminiscent of Sichuan peppercorns. A must-have for any serrious mezcal collector. Only about 500 bottles produced.
Henequén is native to the Yucatán Peninsula, and rarely seen in Oaxaca. A tough and resilient plant which takes five to seven years to mature, it is adapted to survive in arid climates with little water and reproduces without being cultivated.Valued for its fiber since pre-Hispanic times, Henequén has been used to make twine, hammocks, sacks, baskets and thick ropes for mooring ships, among other things. As you can imagine, these piñas are tougher than your average agave; the lot used to make this bottling was originally bound for Jalisco, apparently intended as some sort of industrial mezcal (or possibly faux tequila?!) However, the piñas were so tough that they broke the shredder, and had to be sent back. Somewhere along the way, Juan Hernández Méndez intercepted and purchased the lot, and where industrial shredders failed, Juan’s moxie and stone mill succeeded.