We are super excited to be hosting one of the key dinners at London Mezcal Week on 10th September at the Agave Room at Santo Remedio. This is the second year Thea and Melanie are running London Mezcal Week and we could not agree more that is getting bigger and better.
Last time, Natalie and I went to Oaxaca we got some interesting stuff, including Chicatana Ants, Oaxacan Chocolate and Chintescle, as paste made with Pasilla Mixe Chilis, Garlic and white Onion that is super delicious so when discussing with David Shepherd - Corte Vetusto Mezcal Co-Owner - we did not think twice and we decided that dinner should be called Bienvenidos a Oaxaca.
David was born in Singapore, but moved to Mexico City with his parents when he was six months old and lived there until he was seven. He lived in other countries, but his parents moved back in Mexico in 1994 and have been there ever since. It is his second home.
“I got into Mezcal about 8 years ago when my father took me to a restaurant in Mexico City called Nico's. They had a mezcal trolley. I tried two mezcals that day and was bowled over by how different they were and how much more interesting and complex they were, compared to any tequila I'd tried. I'd always dreamed of starting my own business and was certain it would be food or drink related, as I'm passionate about both. The seed was planted then, but it took a further 6 years until I could realise that dream.” said David.
David started his business 2 years ago with his best friend, thinking that the timing was right to get into mezcal as they felt that too many mezcals were unbalanced, overly smoky and that the packaging didn't convey how complex and exceptional mezcal could be. Extensive travel and tasting around Oaxaca brought them to the town of Milta where they met a 4th Generation Maestro Mezcalero. His mezcals were exactly what we were looking for - complex, refined and balanced, with an emphasis on the agave and not the smoke.
Corte Vetusto was launched in the U.K. in September of 2017 and since then, they have won Gold Outstanding and the Mezcal Trophy at the 2017 International Wine & Spirits Competition. David says,
“I met Edson in November of 2016. I didn't get the chance to get to his first venue, but I'd heard such good things about him and his food that I went to a Day of the Dead pop-up event he was doing. His food was exceptional. He introduced himself to all the tables and we got chatting at the end of the meal. We discussed our love of Mexico, its food, culture and mezcal. The rest, as they say, is history. I have tremendous respect for Edson and love his passion and vision of bringing authentic Mexican flavours to London. It’s a privilege to know him and work with him.” said David.
At Santo Remedio we stock all 3 Corte Vetusto Mezcales at our Mezcal and Tequila Bar, including the Espadin, Tobala and Ensemble, which is actually our favourite.
We hope you will join us on the 10th of September for an exceptional 4 course meal emphasising the flavours of Oaxaca as well as a guided tasting of our three Artisanal Mezcals.
Nos vemos pronto.