Originally from San Diego, I moved to Mazatlan in December 2016. Around the same time, I was discovering mezcal. After tasting a dozen different mezcals, almost entirely from Oaxaca and made with espadin agave, I met the owners of mezcal from the neighboring state of Durango, spring of 2017.
I was intrigued by this new mezcal from cenizo agave that I never had before. At first sip, I knew this was something special. There were flavors and complexity that were lacking in most of the mezcals I had tried before. Sacro Imperio Mezcal was a fairly new brand when I first tasted it. They hadn't finished their registration with the Mexican government department of mezcal yet. That was finally completed in 2018.
It took me over a year from my initial applications for alcohol importing and wholesaling licenses to finally come through. I later learned that my grandfather on my mom's side, Miguel Acosta, was a mezcalero from the small village of Porras in Sinaloa, Mexico. I never knew him, as he passed away at a young age from typhoid fever, around 1948. Sacro Imperio Mezcal was imported by us into California, March 2019.