Xicaru, the Zapotec word for beautiful, reflects Fernando Santiba's desire to share a traditionally produced mezcal that is approachable and distinct. Using his grandmother's recipe, Fernando makes small batches of Xicaru Mezcal with time-honored methods at a palenque in Matatln, Oaxaca. This mezcal showcases the 100% Agave espadin from which it's made. Its natural smoky flavor is derived by cooking the agave in a conical stone oven on mesquite and ocote, woods native to Oaxaca. The pure appearance and substantial body result from age-old methods used in the production process. The finished aroma is natural and robust; a combination of agave, mesquite and ocote. Earthy characteristics on the front palate give way to citrus and rich vegetal agave notes that finish distinctively clean. A tinge of smoke complements these qualities without overwhelming the delicate balance found in Xicaru.