Fidencio Pechuga Mezcal
Regular price $81.00
Mezcalero: Enrique Jiménez
Appellation: Santiago Matalan, Oaxaca, Mexico
Agave Varieties: Angustifolia
Fidencio Pechuga is made with undiluted Fidencio Clásico, which is put back in the still for a third distillation and bottled, undiluted at 45%. Along with the Mezcal, the mezcalero adds a traditional mixture of fruit: apples, bananas, pineapple and guava. A whole chicken breast is skinned and washed to remove all fat, and it is hung from the cap of the still so that all of the vapors must pass over the raw chicken. The breast is said to soften the intensity and round out the flavor of the Mezcal. Pechuga is produced over a short time at the end of the summer. The fruit will have different expressions from year to year.
Fidencio Mezcal has four generations of knowledge and they use their own estate grown agave. Fabrica de Amigo del Mezcal is the name of the distillery/palenque that produces Fidencio Mezcal. Fidencio Jiménez, the namesake for Fidencio Mezcal, started making mezcal over 100 years ago when he moved to Santiago Matatlán, Oaxaca. He began to live the life of a Mezcalero, learning from peers and by trial-and-error. He worked closely with his son Enrique to perfect their craft and to pass down their knowledge to the next generation. In those days, even the equipment was from the land: clay pots for fermentation, distillation & storage and river reeds for tubing.
For more information on the Jimenez family, read The Story of Isaac Jimenez by Alvin Starkman (owner of Mezcal Educational Excursions of Oaxaca). Fidencio is made by the same family that produces El Buho. Due to the artisanal nature of their mezcal, the ABV may vary slightly between batches.