This single estate Mezcal brand was established in 2011 and partnered with families who have been producing traditional mezcal for generations. Honouring traditions their mezcal is distilled in small batches using 350l stills and produced using artisan methods.
The brand owner, Melanie Symonds, first fell in love with mezcal on holiday in Mexico and decided to open the UKs first Mezcaleria in 2010. Quickly realising that there weren’t many affordable mezcals, which were traditionally made, in the UK that could be used as their house pour, she started her own brands working together with the Mendez family. The Mendez family, 3rd generation mezcaleros, were a perfect match as they were not wishing to export their product themselves and were looking for a partner who could, and so Melanie called the brand Quiquiriqui, after the Mezcaleria she’d previously opened.
This Tobala varietal is made by Don Petronilo Rosario Altamirano in Las Margaritas, who has a very small palenque next to the river where he produces Espadin and Tobala.
With x3 tina’s and x1 300 litre still he creates small batch Mezcal from wild agaves harvested from the surrounding area. The river location gives his products a really nice floral almost pineapple feel and the Tobala is quite briny.
With complete respect for the production and quality of the Mendez family recipes, QQRQ never mixes batches or blends mezcal from different producers.