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Gusto Historico (meaning “historic taste”) is the new project from Marco Ochoa, one of the notorious co-founders of Mezcaloteca (and the export label, Mezcalosfera). Every release is made up of a single tiny batch, by nature unique and irreplicable.
Emanual Ramos is a young 5th generation mezcalero, widely praised for his brilliant mezcales, who works alongside his father, the acclaimed maestro mezcalero Victor Ramos. Besides producing some of the finest agave spirits on the commercial market, the work of the Ramos family is one of preservation: maintaining and protecting the biodiversity and historic distillation methods of Mengoli de Morelos, their tiny community in Miahuatlán, Oaxaca.
Though commonly associated with Northern Mexico (particularly states like Sonora and Chihuahua), the practice of harvesting and distilling sotol has deep history all across the country (as well as the Southwestern United States). In Oaxaca, the sotol plant is referred to by a local name: cucharillo. Though it grows quite commonly all over the state, distillation of cucharillo is today rare, only practiced among maestros intent on preserving this heritage process.