Michter’s Distillery’s parent company Chatham Imports is now in the mezcal business. Chatham Imports, a global supplier of premium spirits and wine brands and a consortium led by brothers Eduardo and Julio Mestre have formed a new 50/50 venture to own the global trademark rights to the celebrated super-premium mezcal Los Siete Misterios.
11 years ago in 2010, Julio and Eduardo founded Mestre with one thing in mind: to respect and preserve the mezcal making traditions, as well as to promote local commerce and stimulate the culture of small mezcal producers. The company says they focus on being respectful of one of the purest essences: the mezcal and its genuine Mexican heritage. Los Siete Misterios offers a wide range of mescals including Doba Yej, a copper pot-distilled Espadín; an Ancestral line of clay pot-distilled Espadín, Barril, Mexicano, Coyote, Arroqueño and Tobalá; Ensamble collection of copper pot-distilled Espadín and wild agave blends; and special releases including a Pechuga expression.
Under the agreement, Chatham becomes the exclusive global sales and marketing agent for Los Siete Misterios, excluding Mexico, while the Mestres remain responsible for the production of Los Siete Misterios as well as sales in Mexico. This new partnership, which entails an equity investment by Chatham, will bolster Los Siete Misterios’ production capacity and enhance the brand’s route-to-market within the United States and abroad.
“We have known Matt Magliocco and his family for years and we have been following what they have achieved with Michter’s internationally and the great job they have done,” said Julio Mestre, CEO of Los Siete Misterios. “We couldn’t think of a better partner to help us take Los Siete Misterios to the next level. Both companies have the same values and each of us shares the same passion to produce the best spirits in our respective categories. That’s why we are certain this will be a great venture for both companies.”
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“We are absolutely thrilled to partner with Julio and Eduardo in the development of Los Siete Misterios,” commented Matt Magliocco, Executive Vice President of Chatham. “I have been friends with Julio and Eduardo for years, and from the very first day we met, I have admired their commitment to producing superb Oaxaca mezcal ethically and responsibly. Since founding Los Siete Misterios in 2010, Julio, Eduardo, and their team have done a remarkable job establishing one of the world’s greatest mezcals and have earned a well-deserved reputation as leaders in our industry.”
Magliocco added, “Los Siete Misterios delivers in every respect, from the consistently delicious liquid across its diverse range of expressions to the arresting Catrinas artwork. The brand’s preeminent status in Mexico City’s renowned bars and restaurants is a testament to Los Siete Misterios’ reputation and credibility at home. For Chatham, Los Siete Misterios exemplifies all the qualities we value in a brand and aligns perfectly with our existing portfolio. We cannot wait to bring Los Siete Misterios to more people in the United States and around the world.”
Chatham Imports is headquartered in Manhattan’s Flatiron District. Chatham represents a portfolio of quality-focused spirits, wine, and beer labels. Chatham’s spirits brands include Michter’s American Whiskey and its Legacy Series consisting of Bomberger’s Declaration Bourbon and Shenk’s Homestead Sour Mash, Crop Harvest Earth Organic Vodka, Farmer’s Organic Gin, Foro Amaro and Vermouth, Martí Autentico Rum, and Faretti Biscotti Liqueur. Chatham’s wine offerings are led by Santa Marina and Tuffo, while the portfolio is rounded out with New Amsterdam Beer.
Chatham’s subsidiaries include Michter’s Shively and Fort Nelson distilleries in Louisville, Kentucky, as well as Michter’s 145-acre farm and operations in Springfield, Kentucky.
Chatham products are sold in all 50 United States as well as approximately 60 foreign markets spanning the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia-Pacific.