Erstwhile Espadin Limited Edition 2018 Mezcal was produced by Juan Hernández Méndez in Santiago Matatlán, Oaxaca in March 2015. This 100 liter batch was made from agaves grown on his own land and harvested at maximum maturity. Specifically, the agave Espadin plants used in this batch started growing a quiote or flowering stalk. When agaves flower, a large amount of energy is required to grow their 20-foot-tall stalks. When the quiotes are cut off by a maestro, the sugar that would have been used to grow the flower is concentrated in the piña. Sometimes this is labeled by brands as “Espadín Capón”. For this batch, the piñas were harvested about a year and a half after the quiotes were cut. This mezcal was then crushed by a tahona, naturally fermented in open-air wooden vats, and distilled in copper. Finally, it was aged in glass for about 3 years and bottled in 2018.