“Mezcal El Cortijo” (The Farm) makes classic, oaxacan mezcal. The mexicano agaves are pretty common in mezcal, because they bring a light and airy notes to the spirit. El Cortijo is a “mezcal artesanal”, which is an official mezcal category. There are other categories within the mezcal denomination, like “Mezcal Ancestral”. “Artesanal” ensures that traditional methods have been used when the agave was processed.
One might wonder, why traditional methods are so important, but there are sounds reasons. A major reason is that keeping old knowledge and crafts alive is important in any society, because it makes sure that people can know their roots. When it comes to the quality of mezcal, it is important to understand that making mezcal is about generosity.
The juice in the meaty parts of the agave is of another kind, than the juice in the fibres. So extracting – all – the juice from both fibres and meaty parts alike, will give you a bitter juice, but limiting yourself to the easily extracted juice from the meaty parts, will give you less juice, but of a higher quality. Industrial processing uses all the juice.
When you taste the El Cortijo Mezcal Artesanal Mexicano, you will not be in doubt. This is an artisanal product!