3 Reasons Not to Worry about the Agave Shortage
(When you drink Kimo Sabe Mezcal)
1. Kimo Sabe has a Sustainable Agave Policy
To help prevent future agave crisis, Kimo Sabe partnered with the state of Zacatecas, MX to create over 1000 new jobs and buying in all 11 mezcal states, as well as working with existing agave growers to greatly expand their cultivation capabilities, helping over 2000 independent producers and the future of mezcal. Check-out our Building Bridges video below to learn more about our partnership program.
Kimo Sabe uses both steamed and fire pit roasted agave to combat the over harvesting of trees used for the fire pit roasting of most mezcals. Helping to prevent the deforestation of the local lands. This also leads to a more balanced and refined flavor. Check out our Seedling to Liquid video below to learn more about this program.
2. Kimo Sabe is a Blended Mezcal
Kimo Sabe uses multiple types of agave in its blend to create it’s unique and award winning* taste. Kimo Sabe follows a similar process to the blended scotch industry; Each mezcal batch is different pending the agave available for that run. To guarantee the same taste we have a master distiller tasting each part of the distillation process to make sure the end result is as close to the last. By blending our spirit we can use our own cultivated agave as well as agave from other small producers removing us from the potential crisis of an agave shortage as well as creating a consistency of flavor. Image below of all of the different types of agave Kimo Sabe can use!
3. Kimo Sabe is Harvested not Gathered
A good portion of agave used for mezcal production is wild agave. When wild agave is gathered it is rarely if ever replanted. Kimo Sabe harvests it’s agave from its own cultivated agave fields in the state of Zacatecas as well as purchasing from other small producers in all other 11 states that can produce Mezcal. Helping to stop the overly gathered wild agaves in Mexico, part a large part of the agave shortage crisis. Map of the 11 states pictured below.
*American Distilling Institute’s ‘Best of all agave spirits’ 2 years running 2016–2017