In the realm of luxury spirits, Clase Azul México has long been synonymous with impeccable distillation and exquisite hospitality. Elevating the art of mezcal craftsmanship, the distinguished Mexican luxury house recently unveiled its latest masterpiece: Clase Azul Mezcal San Luis Potosí. This addition to the brand’s illustrious portfolio joins the ranks of Clase Azul Mezcal Durango and Clase Azul Mezcal Guerrero, each a tribute to the cultural and geographical richness of a specific Mexican state.

Immersing aficionados in the sensory tapestry of San Luis Potosí, an awe-inspiring state nestled in the heart of the Mexican Central Highlands, Clase Azul Mezcal San Luis Potosí pays homage to the region’s heritage. Here, mezcal production is an art passed down through generations, a tradition cultivated for over two centuries by communities whose commitment to excellence is as steadfast as the rocky landscapes that define the area.

Crafted from the indigenous Agave salmiana, a vibrant green agave species flourishing on the semi-desert slopes and plains of the region at an elevation of approximately 2,000 meters above sea level, Clase Azul Mezcal San Luis Potosí unfolds its narrative in Estación Ipiña. This small community, boasting around 250 inhabitants, sees nearly one-fifth of its populace immersed in the meticulous craft of mezcal production.

Viridiana Tinoco, the Maestra Destiladora of Clase Azul México, expressed the brand’s delight in presenting a spirit deeply rooted in its historical and geographical context. “The generational wisdom safeguarded by the mezcal-producing community in Estación Ipiña, San Luis Potosí, has given rise to a distinctive mezcal. Its aromatic and palatial notes mirror traditional craftsmanship and encapsulate the essence of the agave used in its production,” she enthused.

The robust body of Clase Azul Mezcal San Luis Potosí emerges from a regional, time-honored process, featuring steam-cooking in vaulted masonry ovens, milling with a Chilean millstone, and double distillation in copper alembics. These traditional methods contribute to the mezcal’s exquisite profile, revealing aromatic notes of cooked agave, caramel, green chili, sweet fruits, freshly cut grass, and wildflowers. Its herbal palate is complemented by hints of caramel, lime peel, and clove, culminating in a mineral and spicy aftertaste.

The deep red hue of the decanter pays homage to the Huachichiles, nomads of San Luis Potosí’s desert landscapes. Translated from Nahuatl, their name means “heads painted red,” as they were known for adorning themselves with red pigment, emulating the plumage of the finch, a revered guardian in their tribe. The engravings on the base portray the plains and mountains they called home, alongside the native green agaves and the aforementioned finch.

The meticulously handcrafted stopper, created by Mexican artisans using a technique of applying colored yarn, depicts the mythical red finch under a starry night, soaring over a dreamlike landscape of mountains and desert valleys that the Huachichil people once traversed in pilgrimage.

Clase Azul Mezcal San Luis Potosí is not merely a libation; it is a symphony of elegance and tradition, a sensory journey that transcends time and place, inviting connoisseurs to savor the rich heritage of San Luis Potosí with each refined sip. As a testament to the brand’s commitment to luxury, this mezcal stands as a collector’s piece and an embodiment of the artistry that defines Clase Azul México.

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