Mezcal, for those not in the loop, is Tequila or rather Tequila is a specific strain of Mezcal. Grown exclusively from agave plants in five of Mexico’s thirty-two states Mezcal is an ancient and punchy elixir. Once thought to be a heavenly nectar by Meso-americans its since been refined into the classic sipping spirit it’s famous for today. Pensador still uses the old school method of craft though – think large millstones, underground baking chambers and enormous root veg. It’s all very rustic.
Following a road trip around Southern Mexico, Ben became obsessed with Mezcal and spent months scouring rural Oaxaca in search of the perfect juice.
“With Pensador, I knew I had the full package – rare agave, ancient methods, and an unashamedly high proof. Each sip is a burst of flavour: cooked agave, earth, grass, chocolate, and smoke, but with a balance and elegance not normally found in the category – the perfect vehicle for sharing the magic of mezcal” – Ben
All of this is getting Pensador noticed. As well as its recent award, Pensador can be found at trend-setting bars including Dandelyan, The American Bar (Savoy), Happiness Forgets, and Soho House.