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Creador Barril

Creador Barril is produced by maestro palenquero José Alberto Pablo in San Bernardo Mixtepec, Oaxaca.

Rating: (2 reviews)
Brand:Creador Agave Spirits
Mezcalero:José Alberto Pablo
Distillation:Clay Pot
Town:San Bernardo Mixtepec
ABV: 48.2%
Batch size: 100 liters (batch JABA0422)
Release year: 2022
Website: https://www.creadorspirits.com, opens in new window

About this mezcal

Creador Barril is produced by maestro palenquero José Alberto Pablo in San Bernardo Mixtepec, Oaxaca. This small-batch  100% agave expression was cooked in an underground river rock-lined stone oven (el horno) for 5 days, milled by hand with wood mallets (mazos) in a hollowed tree trunk (canoa), fermented 3-5 days in half-buried 90-liter clay pots, and twice distilled in 60-liter clay pots. The all-clay fermentation and distillation process makes this mezcal unique from most commercially available mezcals.

“My destilado is made with all the love and dedication it needs for it to be of unmatched quality.” – José Alberto Pablo

The first Creador Barril release, distilled in February 2021, used wild Agave karwinskii (Maguey Barril) sourced from El Vado de Sola de Vega. 220 liters were produced with 100 liters being released under the Creador label.

Creador Agave Spirits

Creador Agave Spirits seeks out independent family producers who have little to no representation outside of their local markets – producers who want to make a transition to full-time production of destilado and need help getting their agave spirits to market.

Creador strives to support palenqueros and their communities by providing autonomy for the producers, as well as fair pricing. The company does not contractually obligate producers, nor negotiate price – what the palenqueros ask, they pay, and the company will advise if they think the spirits are underpriced. Creador profit-shares with the producers, providing transparency into the complex economics of selling spirits into the tiered alcohol-distribution systems prevalent in the US.

Creador translates to “creator” and is an homage to the artisan creators of agave spirits, and a tribute to the creators and makers in us all. De la mano y el corazón – from the hand and the heart.

You can now order Creador directly to your door.

Member rating

3.5 out of 5

2 reviews



708 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars2 years ago

Batch JABA0422. February 2021. Aromas of new sneakers and freshly produced rubber. Additional aromas of lime, tart lemonade, grilled onions, and grilled pineapple. The palate is a bit yeasty with notes of fermenting beer, sourdough bread, and wet clay.



651 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars2 years ago

Clean aromas of fresh clay and wet brown grass. Notes of clay mud, olive brine, cantaloupe water, and agave minerals. “Clay mezcals” from Minas and Sola de Vega present totally different profiles than this mezcal. The clay fermentation might be one of the biggest differentiators. Definitely unique in terms of what is currently (2022) on the US market. Looking forward to reviewing the rest of the lineup. #Firstbatch

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