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Spirit of the Week

Banhez Mezcal
Regularly $34.99, Special Price $29.99

Typically a good Mezcal will set you back $60 to $70. I was tasted on this last year and figured that it would be in the same price range. When the sales rep told me my cost I almost fell over. This is a great Mezcal if you’re new to this spirit and, for those of you who are enthusiasts, I dare you to show me something of this quality for such a price!

In the tiny village of San Miguel Ejutla in the central valley of Oaxaca, a co-operative comprised of 36+ families (Unión Productores de Agropecuarios del Distrito de Ejutla de Crespo (UPADEC)) is committed to sustainable, fair trade mezcal production the same way it’s been done by their ancestors for nearly two centuries. Underground wood-fired pits, donkey-pulled tahonas (stone-wheel mills), fermentation in wooden tanks and small-batch distillation in copper alembics punctuate a process that has been and remains the life’s work of these mezcaleros.

Comprised of 90% Espadin and 10% Barril agaves, Banhez Ensemble is a delightfully mild, floral and fruity (pineapple, banana) mezcal perfect for first-time mezcal tasters and wonderful for cocktail innovation. Winner of Best Mezcal and Double Gold awards at the 2017 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.