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Del Maguey Barril

Del Maguey Barril is fermented with nothing but airborne yeasts, then twice-distilled in an ancient style clay still with bamboo tubing.

Rating: (5 reviews)
Brand:Del Maguey Mezcal
Mezcalero:Florencio Carlos Sarmiento, Florencio Carlos Vasquez
Distillation:Clay Pot
Town:Santa Catarina Minas
ABV: 49%
Age of plant: 15-20 years
Website: http://delmaguey.com, opens in new window
Ownership:Pernod Ricard

About this mezcal

Del Maguey Barril is made from semi-wild maguey Barril. Barril is one of the biggest and fattest of the karwinskii family. The agave used in this mezcal was fermented with nothing but airborne microbes, then twice distilled very slowly in an ancient style clay still with bamboo tubing. This mezcal has a spicy floral nose with tropical aromatics of ripe pear, dark fig, and wet green hay. The long finish tastes of roasted root vegetables and umami, leaving the mouth with terracotta and a touch of salinity.

Del Maguey Mezcal

Del Maguey (pronounced ma–gay), Single Village Mezcal was founded in 1995 by internationally renowned artist and Mezcal visionary, Ron Cooper. Ron introduced the world to previously unavailable 100% certified organic, artisanal Mezcal produced the original handcrafted way. Through deep cultural relationships with Zapotec Mexican Indian producers in the remote villages of Oaxaca, Mexico, Del Maguey harnesses ancient, original organic processes. Combining these methods with varying micro-climates and terroir gives each creation its own unique, rich, sweet and smoky character. Every product in their collection is made by individual family palenqueros (producers) in old-style villages. They are the first producer to credit each product after the village where our liquid is made. When you see their beautiful green bottles you know it’s Del Maguey. Most of Del Maguey’s mezcals are distilled to proof, so the ABV will vary slightly between batches.

In June of 2017, international spirits company, Pernod Ricard, purchased majority stake in the company. Del Maguey is now part of their portfolio that includes Jameson Whiskey, Absolute Vodka, and Havana Club Rum.

Member rating

3.5 out of 5

5 reviews



153 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars2 years ago

Clay, vanillin and dry hay on the nose. On the palate Brazil nuts, pineapple, cantaloupe melon, sour candy, some funk. Quite similar to Real Minero’s Barril, but more balanced and structured.



18 reviews
Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars4 years ago

I’ve been looking for this Del Maguey bottle for years. I finally found it recently on the shelf of my favorite bottle shop. Paradise found? Not quite. I must admit that I was hugely disappointed, at least based on my high expectations and the high Pernod Ricard DM price point. A bit thin on the palate and unremarkable overall. Barril has never been one of my favorite agaves, but when it’s good — like
Lalocura San Martinero — it can be magnificent.



421 reviews
Rated 3 out of 5 stars5 years ago

Lot BAR-151. Very fruity. Coconut, pineapple, plum, and melon. This could have easily been a five star but it was thin and watery. It was the end of the bottle at a random food truck in Montpellier France and part of me wonders if it was watered down. I will amend my review if next time I try it it’s not watery.



648 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars6 years ago

Really fruity. Not as grassy as you might expect from a Karwinskii. Plums, bananas, sour patch kids, and melon. Not getting much clay but there is some funk. Really good. Too bad this one is very hard to find. Lot 14-2



708 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars7 years ago

Lot BAR-142. Smells amazing! Ripe orange zest and lemon peel aromas. Very green palate with notes of minerality, crisp green celery, and lavender. A bit of heat and spice on the finish. Overall, the aromas are a lot more diverse and defined than the flavor notes. That said, it’s still really good. I don’t see this around much and was stoked to find it in a bar.

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