The mezcal tasting invite began, “Rosa Mexicano’s Master Mezcalier Courtenay Greenleaf will lead a tasting and explain how she crafted this unique mezcal – aged over two years in bourbon barrels from a 19th-century Nashville distillery.”
I couldn’t resist heading downtown to the Rosa Mexicano location on Murray Street in the Financial District to taste this limited edition of their special Fidencio private label Mezcal from Oaxaca.
Before the tasting got started, we were treated to the restaurant’s famous guacamole at a buffet with many optional toppings that included pomegranate arils, bleu cheese, pepitas, chicharrones, mini shrimp and diced mango plus fresh tortilla chips. Servers also passed both mini flautas de pollo (crispy corn tortillas filled with chicken tinga, topped with salsa pasilla de Oaxaca, salsa verde, queso fresco and crema) and hearty pork shoulder sliders (stuffed with achiote-citrus marinated pork served on pickled red onions). I made a mental note to consider each when I returned to dine.
This special Fidencio Mezcal, with only 36 cases produced, is now available at all Rosa Mexicano locations across the country for $25 a 2-ounce shot.