The Day of the Useless—Día de Muertos in Spanish- is undeniably one of many largest holidays in Mexico. It’s a fiesta that begins on November 1st this yr and goes by way of the twond and honors the reminiscences of our family and friends who’re now not bodily with us however nonetheless alive in spirit.
Virtually all Mexicans partake within the annual custom, however maybe nobody does with extra model than Clase Azul Spirits, the posh model behind an eponymous line of tequilas and mezcals. 2021 isn’t any exception, however it’s totally different.
The corporate’s limited-edition Dia de Muertos bottles are considered collectors’ gadgets and coveted for his or her craftsmanship by each tequila lovers and teetotalers. This yr, Clase Azul is launching a multi-year Día de Muertos collection of restricted editions referred to as Nuestros Recuerdos or “Our Reminiscences” which can characteristic one launch per yr. The collection kicks off this yr and continues by way of Fall 2025.
Subsequent editions will probably be referred to as Aromas (“scents”), Colores (“colours”), Música (“music”), and Recuerdos (“reminiscences”).
The primary installment within the Nuestros Recuerdos collection is called Sabores or “flavors” and takes its inspiration from the culinary traditions of Dia de Muertos– it debuts as we speak, October 18th, with 5,000 decanters that value $750 every.
Handmade like all of Clase Azul’s decanters are, this matte black stunner is adorned with a gold-plated metallic decoration depicting three Calaveras or ornamental skulls and a Pan de Muerto, which symbolizes the meals that’s so vital to the vacation. The decanter additionally illustrates the skulls having fun with a feast.
The backstory right here is that Mexicans honor the deceased by making shows with their photos and surrounding their photos with Calaveras, their favourite belongings, meals and drinks.
Sabores takes its nod from the latter two: the choices on Dia de Muertos spotlight what their family members most loved consuming and ingesting. As well as, they often embody Pan de Muerto, a candy seasonal bun; tamales, a dish made with steamed corn dough; atoles, a candy and corn flour-based drink; seasonal fruit, and naturally, tequila.
Talking of tequila, Clase Azul’s Dia de Muertos decanter maintain an añejo expression that’s been aged for greater than 14 months in American whisky casks beforehand blended with tequilas aged in American oak casks. It’s toffee-like with hints of orange and clean, virtually caramelly. Sure, it’s scrumptious.
Created by Clase Azul Grasp Distiller, Viridiana Tinoco, that is the model’s first single-estate agave tequila which is the place the agave is harvested from a single field- a rarity within the tequila world. On this occasion, the blue weber agave got here from a mountaintop in Los Altos de Jalisco referred to as the “Cerro de Viboreo.” It’s situated among the many remnants of an historical civilization,” says Tinoco.
The mountain is a part of a non-public property and never open to guests, however Tinoco says that fanatics can go to La Trinidad itself, which options different “pueblos magicos,” like Atotonilco, a pilgrimage city with a ravishing 18th-century church and vibrant eating places serving scrumptious and cheap native specialties.
She additionally shares her insights within the high locations in Mexico to have fun Dia de Muertos.
In San Pedro Tlaquepaque, Jalisco, close to Guadalajara, locals have fun by dressing up as elegant skeletons. In Mexico Metropolis, there’s an enormous parade within the historic metropolis heart, and in Lake Patzcuaro, in Michoacan, Mexicans put together the favourite meals of their family members who’ve handed away and sing within the streets. Fishermen additionally dance and exit within the water at evening in boats adorned with candles. “The candles create a magical glow,” says Tinoco.
Then there’s San Miguel de Allende- the middle of exercise for Dia de Muertos celebrations within the nation. The city is decked out with choices, and locals gown up and attend courses on learn how to paint their faces. This yr, Clase Azul will co-host a cocktail party at the Live Aqua Resort to have fun the vacation.
Tinoco extremely recommends a visit to Mexico to witness the festivities firsthand. However even you may’t come, there’s no excuse to not partake in a toast to this culturally important landmark vacation from home- with Clase Azul’s Sabores, after all.