Hotaling & Co.

Hotaling & Co.

Convite Mezcal

Oaxaca, Mexico

Convite: Gather In Greatness

Convite is rooted in celebration: Named for the Oaxacan gathering of friends and neighbors that followed a bountiful harvest, this artisanal mezcal embodies the warmth that comes from sharing our success with those around us. Each pour honors the spirit of convite: full of flavor, life, and joy. At every turn, it pays homage to the Oaxacan heritage, from the generations-old process that creates this premium mezcal to the design of its bottle evoking an etched clay pot.

It starts with the agave. In the enchanting mountains of San Baltazar Guelavila in Oaxaca, known as the “Cradle of Mezcal,” there is a serene spot surrounded by stony waterfalls and lush gardens where wild agave grows naturally. It is this agave that becomes some of the best and largest mezcal agave in the world.

But before going from the plant to your glass, it is nurtured and curated by those who practice time-honored Oaxacan traditions. The wild agave is carefully harvested by hand, its leaves and roots cut to remove the plant’s heart. The agaves are cooked in a conical stone oven using oak firewood before being ground with a stone and fermented with spring water from the Zapotec mountains of Sierra Madre del Sur. Finally, the spirit is distilled in a copper still.

And, of course, along ancient knowledge, the process takes time: days of distillation, weeks of patient expectation. But, for a mezcal this unique—that tastes of the earth and the air and very culture from which it comes—it is worth the wait.

Convite is produced in small, exclusive lots to create a superb flavor. And while it shares the tradition of Mexico with the world, it also remains anchored in the power of its community. Planting, harvesting, distilling, bottling, and all other elements of the value chain are completed in Oaxaca by those who call it, and this way of life, home. Convite honors the community from which it is borne through sustainable practices, fair trade, and investing in the local economy. We give give back to the community and people who are sharing this magical mezcal.

The final step of this journey ends at your glass. There are seven exclusive Convite varieties, rare for their agave and blends. There is the Wild Agave Ensemble, the elegant creation that combines five wild agaves. Sweet and subtle Coyote features floral notes and stirrings of dried fruit. Tobalá is fruity and distinctive, while Tepextate—which takes 20 years to mature—is sophisticated and creamy with earthy undertones. Considered the king of mezcals, Jabalí is the most difficult to distill, with earthy and minty tones and a finishing of delicate plum. Finally, Espadín-Madrecuishe blends citric tones with notes of fresh herbs and a light cocoa aroma.

For all of its artisanal qualities and for all of the elevated craft that creates each glass, Convite is, at its heart, about connection: The threads of a rich heritage that create the fabric of a community, the ties between the past and the present, and the feeling of gratitude and euphoria that comes when we join together in celebration. With Convite, the true spirit of Oaxaca, we gather in greatness.

Products:

Convite Mezcal Esencial
Convite Mezcal Esencial

The leading Mezcal in Oaxaca and born from a 100% Oaxacan project.

Produced from Espadín agaves with a maturity of 8+ years.

A premium Mezcal produced in a single palenque, cooked in an underground stone oven, and ground with a tahona stone. Naturally fermented in wood vats and double distilled in a copper pot.

40% ABV

Tasting Notes:

Esencial is the essential bottling of the Convite collection. This mezcal opens with aromas of citrus zest and a touch of smoke. Notes of green bell pepper on the palate give way to a long briny finish. It is the perfect balance between taste body, and aroma.

  • 93 Points | Blue Lifestyle Award 2020
Convite Mezcal Espadín Madrecuishe
Convite Mezcal Espadín Madrecuishe

The leading Mezcal in Oaxaca and born from a 100% Oaxacan project.

Produced from a blend of wild Espadín agaves with a maturity of 8 years and wild Madrecuishe agaves with a maturity of 13 years.

Premium Mezcal produced in a single palenque, cooked in an underground stone oven, and ground with a tahona stone. Naturally fermented in wood vats and double distilled in a copper pot.

42% ABV

Tasting Notes:

A supreme combination of the Espadín & Madrecuishe agaves. This unique mezcal has aromas of bright citrus and cocoa, a velvety body with a lingering dry cedar finish.

  • 95 Points | Blue Lifestyle Award 2020
Convite Mezcal Coyote
Convite Mezcal Coyote

The leading Mezcal in Oaxaca and born from a 100% Oaxacan project.

Produced from 12 year old wild Coyote agaves, considered the rarest and most scared of all the mezcal agaves.

Premium Mezcal produced in a single palenque, cooked in an underground stone oven, and ground with a tahona stone. Naturally fermented in wood vats and double distilled in a copper pot.

46% ABV

Tasting Notes:

A rare mezcal with an unmatched sensorial experience. The palate has a burst of white pepper, floral notes, and a touch of fresh herbs that lingers throughout the finish.

  • 92 Points | Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2020