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Discover Everything about Espadin Mezcal: FAQ & Meaning

This post answers all your questions related to Espadin Mezcal!

What is Espadin Mezcal?

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Mezcal Espadin is the type of Mezcal made with the agave espadin plant.

That’s it! Now you know more about Mezcal that 99% percent of the people.

Espadin is to Mezcal what Blue Agave is to tequila, 90% of all mezcals produced in Mexico are made with this type of agave.

It has a short growing period (only about eight years) and a relatively high yield per maguey as you only need around 17 pounds (8 kilos) of espadin to produce a bottle.

Unlike most varieties of agave, farmers can grow it making it the most sustainable option for making mezcal. The growing demand for mezcal has reduced Mexico’s wild agave stocks to low levels.

Related article: What is Tobala Mezcal?

What does Espadin mean?

Espadin stands for sword.

Take a look at the plant’s leaves and you will understand.

How Espadin Mezcal taste?

Espadin strikes a nice balance between minerality and fruity notes.

It is characterized by having a balanced flavor by not having notes as floral as Tobalá, nor as spicy and intense as a Tepextate or as salty as a Cuishe.

Good mezcal produces large bubbles

Espadines are perfect to start as a Mezcalero (mezcal drinker). Once you have mastered espadin, you move on to the complex flavors of the agaves aforementioned.

Where does Espadin agave grow?

75% of all espadin is harvested in the Mexican state of Oaxaca

Espadin is scientifically known as agave Angustifolia Haw. The warm weather conditions and the high altitude make Oaxaca the perfect place to grow this plant.

If you ever visit this wonderful place you will see vast fields covered with agave espadin awaiting to be turned into mezcal.

Why is Espadin Mezcal so popular?

The success of Espadín lies in its almost infinite availability

Espadin is easy to grow and generous in terms of the volume of sugar contained in its heart. Sugar is an essential raw material to generate alcohol and the more sugar in the plant’s heart, the easier it is to make Mezcal.

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Another advantage espadin has to offer is the high yield it offers. You only need around 17 pounds (8 kilos) to produce a bottle. This is huge edge over other agaves with poor yields such as 90 pounds (40 kilos) per bottle.

How to drink Espadin Mezcal?

Sip it, don’t drink Mezcal in shots; use a bad tequila for such purposes.

Drink it kissing every sip, do it slowly, don’t rush it. If you find it a bit intimidating chill it with large ice cubes to avoid dilution, but over time you will come to enjoy this fantastic spirit.

Is Mezcal Espadin too strong?

No! Mezcal is incredibly easy to drink when you choose right.

A matter of choosing the right stuff but don’t worry because I’m here to help you.

Another edge mezcal has over other spirits is that it doesn’t give you a hangover. Agave spirits have a unique sugar composition that promise you a morning free oh headaches; this is not a Carte Blanche to abuse it, though.

Is mezcal espadin good?

Once you go mezcal you’ll find it hard to drink anything else.

I’m serious about this, pretty much like drinking espresso coffee, making nearly impossible to drink a latte.

What is Mezcal Espadin Joven?

Espadin Joven refers to an unaged Mezcal.

Whenever you see a bottle labeled as Mezcal Espadin Joven assume this is an unaged mezcal made using espadin agave; Joven means “young”.

What’s the price of espadin Mezcal?

Expect to find it in a $40 to $200 range.

Expect to find it at a wide range of prices. A good Espadin starts at $40 USD and can easily go all the way up to $200 USD. Why such a difference? Production methods matter, the recognition of the distiller, along with other intrinsic factors.

Mezcal Espadin recommendations & reviews

I will show you a few good options for every budget:

Montelobos Espadin Mezcal

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Montelobos is the best value mezcal making it a great option when drinking on a budget. This spirit is certified organic and crafted with sustainably grown agaves.

This is an easy to drink and light espadin perfectly suited for a newbie wanting to join the mezcal ship. Pleasant mineral notes with a light hint of smoke making it a good sip. It can also be mixed in cocktails.

You’ll find it for less than $40 USD.

Related article: Is Montelobos Mezcal Good?

Vago Elote

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Vago Elote was first produced by the legendary Aquilino Garcia who unfortunately passed away in 2020. It is currently crafted by his sons that have done a good job at preserving their Dad’s touch.

Elote means corn in Spanish. Mezcal Vago Elote is a mezcal made with espadin and infused with roasted sweet corn before distilled for a third time. The result is a heck of a dram, with notes of rich smoky corn, fruits, vanilla, and the right amount of smoke to fully enjoy it.

Currently offered for around $50 USD although you must know that this is not an easy find.

Related article: Mezcal Vago – Reviews & FAQ

Rey Campero Espadin

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Rey Campero’s palenque (mezcal distillery) is located next to where Vago Elote is produced in the Mexican town of Candelaria Yegole. Despite the closeness there is nothing in common between these releases.

This espadin is less smoky while offering an elegant flavor profile. Rey Campero is a classic espadin with salty notes and quite easy to sip. Notes include a clean bright opening note of spearmint followed by mixed herbs, cherry blossoms, honeydew, citron and a gentle amount of smoke.

Expect to find it for around $50 USD.

Related article: The 7 Best Sipping Mezcals

Neta Espadin

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Neta translates into “real deal” or the “whole truth”. This is a brand that works with a wide range of maestros mezcaleros “mezcal distillers” offering some of the best mezcals available.

Neta Espadin is produced by Maestro Candido Garcia. It offers a level of complexity hardy found among other mezcals of this type. It offers rich notes of avocado leaf, honeysuckle, mineral, lime zest, white currant, ripe persimmon, and dried sweet chiles.

This is an outstanding espadin offered for around $99 USD.

Real Minero Espadin

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Real Minero is perhaps the best mezcal producer in Mexico. These guys have been distilling agaves since 1898 using the same recipe. It also one of the very few brands with full control of the production process as they sow their own agaves. If you ever visit Oaxaca make a stop at their palenque located in Santa Catarina de Minas, one hour away from the City. A must-visit for anyone interested in learning how good mezcal is made.

Notes of tropical fruit along plum and banana notes, a bit of leafy mint, sweet chocolate and the right amount of smoke.

Priced for around $99 USD.