Drop by SF’s newest and best craft spirits store, The Epicurean Trader, for an opportunity to meet Raza Zaidi, founder of the highly regarded premium artinsala mezcal line Wahaka Mezcal.
There will be an opportunity to meet with Raza, learn more about the history and production processes of Mezcal, and – of course – sample their delicious products.
Raza will be pouring three very different mezcals that highlight the breadth of what Wahaka is all about:
(A blend of 50% Espadin / 25% Tobalá / 25% Madre Cuishe)
Espadín Botaniko bursts with botanical flavor, due to the locally sourced herbs that are added to the still during the second distillation. The process yields a clean-tasting mezcal that’s imbued with just a touch of grassiness. Stevia, vanilla, cardamom, juniper, cilantro seeds, lemon tea, and lavender all freshly emerge on the nose in this elegant, floral expression. Limited to just 300 bottles, Espadín Botaniko won’t be around for long, so enjoy this celebratory mezcal while you can.
This vegan “pechuga” is made from espadín agave and imbued with nanche—a small yellow fruit endemic to Southern Mexico and Central America—during its second distillation. Light on its feet with a gentle whiff of smoke, the Joven Nanche smells of sweet, pungent fruit. But across the palate, it really shows off its unique traits—its mild vegetality, beautifully crisp citrus notes, and pleasant viscosity push through for a warm, lingering finish. This extremely limited run is restricted to 102 bottles, so enjoy Joven Nanche while it lasts.
Wahaka Mezcal is the result of several childhood friends from Mexico City who turned their passion for Mexico’s oldest distilled spirit into a sustainably produced, community-focused, and internationally recognized brand. In 2010, these amigos set out to find Mexico’s finest mezcal. After months of intensely researching, travelling, and tasting their way through Oaxaca, they found kindred spirits in maestro mezcalero Alberto “Beto” Morales Mendez and his family, who, for five generations, have been perfecting the art of making mezcal in San Dionisio Ocotepec, a tiny village in the Central Valley of Oaxaca. Together they created Wahaka, and with it, a new model for mezcal brands, one that was as committed to making an award-winning product as it was supporting the community from which flourishes.
Unlike any other spirit, mezcal is a product of its terroir—and you can taste the Spirit of Oaxaca in every drop of this artisanally crafted, small-batch elixir..
The Epicurean Trader
The Epicurean Trader is 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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