In the village of San Miguel Ejutla in the central valley of Oaxaca, the Banhez Cooperative is owned by 36 families and continues to grow. The families of farmers and mezcaleros work as one to make award winning mezcal as their ancestors have for generations.
Headed by Francisco Javier Perez Cruz, Banhez are transforming the tradition of making mezcal.
The life of a mezcalero once meant inconsistent work, low wages and an uncertain future. The 36 farming families behind the Banhez Cooperative are changing this, improving lives today and for generations, but it was not always this way.
The Banhez Cooperative is committed to making mezcal sustainably using artisanal techniques. Earthen wood-fire ovens lined with local river stone, tahonas pulled by horses, natural fermentation and small-batch distillation define the life’s work of the mezcaleros.
A blend of 90% Espadin agave and 10% Barril agave, with oodles of tropical fruit sweetness balancing a whiff of smoke.
Light smoke, ripe pineapple, lemon blossom, a touch of creamy banana, and vegetal agave.