Largely considered to have the best retail selection of mezcal in San Francisco, drop by The Epicurean Trader, for an opportunity to meet one of America’s most famed importers of Mezcal, William Scanlan III.
William imports several highly revered, handcrafted mezcal brands, including Real Minero, Rey Campero and the legendary Mezcalosfera by Mezcaloteca.
Mezcal lovers are drawn to its multiplicity of flavors. Like wine, whose taste changes depending on factors like the type of grape or local climate, mezcal has its own terroir and offers a staggering degree of flavors depending on geography, wild yeast, water source, variety of agave and most importantly, artistry of the maestros. Some varietals take nearly four decades to mature.“Aged in the earth.” Given that the brands we represent are truly artisanal, no two batches will ever be exactly the same,” Scanlan notes. “It’s truly an art.”
William will be pouring samples from Real Minero, which is produced from wood-fired stills nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains and uniquely distilled in clay pots by the same family since 1898. He will also be pouring some samples from the Rey Campero line, famous for its wild agave varietals. One of the most recognized expressions produced by Rey Campero is Jabali—this unique wild agave is difficult to access as it grows on cliffs and the distillation process can be very temperamental. Rey Campero was the first to certify and import Jabali into the U.S.
ABOUT THE EPICUREAN TRADER
The Epicurean Trader was named ‘Best Spirits Store in the Bay Area’ by San Francisco Magazine; is one of the top-rated specialty food stores in San Francisco; and has also been named ‘Best Neighborhood Market in San Francisco’.
We are dedicated entirely to craft products: craft spirits; organic and sustainable wines; farmstead cheeses and charcuterie; small batch chocolates, coffees, teas and pantry items.
We hand select artisan products from across America for their dedication to the craft, their incredible flavors and fusions, natural ingredients and beautiful packaging.
Our goal is to be a brand ambassador for these smaller brands, sharing their unique stories, and bringing many of them to San Francisco for the first time.
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