Fernando Santibañez saw the opportunity to create a mezcal with a nuanced and balanced profile while retaining the distinct identity of traditional mezcal. Xicaru Reposado is aged naturally and gently in small batches, reflecting Fernando’s great respect for both the maguey and tradition. As with Xicaru Silver, Xicaru Reposado is made with 100% Maguey espadin cooked in a conical stone oven with mesquite and ocote woods. After tahona-mashing, natural fermenting and double-distilling, the mezcal is ready for aging. For two to four months, Xicaru Reposado is allowed to rest in medium-toasted American oak barrels. Barrel aging naturally imparts both the straw color and subtle sweet notes that complement the unique characteristics of a traditional mezcal. The herbal, smoky taste of the cooked maguey is softened on the palate by the delicate tinge of vanilla and caramel. This beautifully rounded flavor finishes smoothly and cleanly.