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Derrumbes approaches mezcal with terroir as a guiding principle. Each bottling focuses on one region specifically, encompassing the varieties of agave and varied production styles of that place. While we cannot come close to saying that these bottlings are definitive of each state they represent, they are a great snapshot of mezcal’s eccentricity based on location. The team behind this brand is Venenosa’s Esteban Garibi and Sergio Mendoza Garcia of Don Fulano, two well-established names in the artisanal spirits world of Mexico. From renowned maestro Guadalupe Perez from the village of Tzitzio, this is a deft blend of Michoacán’s two iconic agaves - Chino and Alto, combined with the region’s traditional distillation technique. Fermentation takes place in pine-lined pits under the red clay floor of the taberna, to protect it from low temperatures. It is then distilled over direct flame in Michoacán’s unique Philippine-style stills constructed of wood staves and copper. The Chino (Cupreata) agave contributes ripe fruit notes whereas the Alto (Ineaquidens) yields a subtle herbaceousness, evoking the surrounding pine forests.