...is the project of Pedro Jiménez Gurría from Guadalajara, the capital of Jalisco. For over a decade, Pedro has been curating extremely small productions of agave distillates and pouring them at his bar, Pare de Sufrir, or at the Mezonte Tasting Room.
Every now and then, small quantities are exported. To the USA via David Suro of Siembra Spirits or to us. Formally, Mezonte is a non-profit NGO dedicated to the preservation of autochthonous agave distillates.
These Mezcals are produced by families in Jalisco and Michoacan. And since these people live in very traditional conditions, even by “Mezcal standards”, the agreement under which Pedro buys their distillates is very strictly regulated. Always a part of each production remains locally, prices are set jointly and maximum transparency on all aspects is provided to the buyer.
Exceptions to this are the Tepe productions, as the producers from the Tepehuanos ethnic group prefer to have little contact with the western world.
We provide here only a picture and some text about each producer and link to the profiles of the Mezonte site.
SANTOS JUÁREZ (Destilado)
A peculiarity of Santos' spirits is the fermentation in pits carved into the volcanic bedrock. These were buried under a landslide, so it is not known when they were made. They produce a decidedly mineral flavor in the Mezcal. Santos processes 10 different types of agave.
JORGE PEREZ (Destilado)
Jorge processes exclusively Agave inaequidens (Alto), which produces only 30 to 40 liters of distillate per ton of agave, about half of other agave species. The mash is prepared with pulque (fermented agave juice).
HILDEGARDO „JAPO“ JOYA (Raicilla)
Japo is around 90 years old and one of the last of his generation still producing Raicilla. He processes three agaves: Verde, Amarillo and Cenizo. Both the cooking process and the fermentation take an extremely long time, which is why Japo's brandies turn out very “funky”.
CÁNDIDO ROMERO (Destilado)
Cande processes only fully ripe Ixtero agave with an age of 16 years. He follows the instructions handed down from his grandfather to the word.
All Mezonte in SHOP
Mezonte on the Web:
Maps (Mezonte Tasting Room)
Blog of K&L Wines, CA
Image & Sound
Viva Mezcal! – Pedro's great film about traditional mezcal (span./ engl. SUB/ 1h)
Maestros del Mezcal Podcast with Pedro about Mezonte (engl./ 45min)