New Mezcal Showcases Michoacán’s Distinctive Terroir for UK Market Debut


Spirits less ordinary, Zacal, steps beyond the typical Oaxacan landscape, with a duo of mezcals designed for an intentional generation of drinkers.

Zacal, a new independent mezcal brand born from the wild spirit of Michoacán, Mexico, is making its UK debut. Zacal’s two expressions, a complex Ensamble (and a delicate Manso Sahauyo are crafted from the region’s unique agave varietals and volcanic terroir, offering a fresh take on the familiar and inviting exploration of the lesser-known region. 

Zacal is an artisanal mezcal launched by four friends with a passion for the spirit in partnership with third-generation Mezcalero, Milton Ochoa. It is hand-distilled from organically-produced magueys – Bruto and Manso –  and roasted with local volcanic rock in an underground oven at the family-run Vinata. It utilises an intriguing technique involving a small chimney to draw away the smoke, reducing the characteristic smokiness of many mezcals and amplifying the other flavours. 

Phil Clayton, co-founder of Zacal, says: 

“We are all incredibly passionate about mezcal and wanted to bring a fresh take on the spirit that respects provenance and process, but also delivers a twist on the familiar. Known as the soul of Mexico, Michoacán is wilder and less gentrified than Oaxaca with a deep cultural heritage and it was this untamed spirit that drew us to the region. 

“Michoacán’s distinctive terroir yields the two unique agave species used in our mezcals. The volcanic soil and rocks surrounding the Vinata infuse the agave with elevated nutrients, particularly potassium, intensifying the sweetness and flavour complexity. As the spirit less ordinary, Zacal invites drinkers to discover Michoacán’s essence, one sip at a time and we can promise a completely unique experience for agave fans”. 

Zacal is launching with two expressions. The Manso is an accessible mezcal made with 100% maguey Manso De Sahauyo, an organic semi-wild ‘Cenizo’ agave that is harvested for 3-5 years. It is a delicate and balanced mezcal with notes of sweet almond, citrus and a whisper of smoke. Its gentle nature makes it perfect for cocktail-making and those who are new to the Mezcal category.

The Ensamble is born from the union of magueys Manso De Sahauyo and Bruto, and has been crafted for the mezcal connoisseur. Perfect for sipping, it lingers on the palate with a lightly smoked finish.

Zacal Mezcal is available for the on and off-trade from now.

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