Derrumbes Zacatecas is made with agave Tequilana Weber, which is also commonly known as blue or azul agave. This agave is well known for it’s use in tequila, and the town of Huitzila, Zacatecas, where this mezcal is made, is very close to the Tequila Valley. The town is more well-known for mezcals that are made in a similar style of tequila, but the Bañuelos family, who produce this Derrumbes mezcal, is one of the only regional distillers producing traditional mezcals. This mezcal is pit roasted, tahona milled, and traditionally fermented and distilled.
Starts with a big peppery hit backed up by green and leafy touches that peek in around the sides. Mineral notes build, with touches of rich earth and gentle barbecue smoke. The smoke makes a right turn into coal territory: cold fireplaces the next day.
Sweet and rich. Candied orange mix with flamed orange zest. Pepper and earth provide a savoury backing, with chocolate notes and a gentle wisp of wood smoke playing a counterpoint. Fruity roasted agave sits underneath.
Soft smoke fades to reveal umami richness and a hint of sweet mint.
Hacienda de Guadarupe, Zacatecas
Composed of 100% Agave Tequiliana Weber, variety Azul (Blue Agave). Produced with the ancient method prevalent before the diffusion of above-ground cooking in the 1850s. Hacienda De Guadalupe is in Juitzila, Zacatecas, a few miles from the tequila valley just across the state border. Identical climate and weather conditions.
Maestro Mezcalero Jaime Bañuelos smokes the blue agaves in a Horno de Tierra (roasting pit), then crushes them with a traditional tahona, ferments naturally with wild yeast, and distils in small copper pot stills.
This method develops exceptional flavour profile: on the nose it’s like a higher-ABV tequila, but with strong depth of smoke and earthiness.
On the palate it has the full-mouth coating texture of traditional mezcal, but elegant notes usually associated with tequila. On the finish the blue agave is very distinctive, and leaves a long tequila-like freshness with earth under notes.