Del Maguey Boca del Cerro is a limited edition that began in 2004 when Del Maguey founder Ron Cooper planted a field of agave Espadin. The plants were not well-maintained by local landowners but survived and were distilled and then rested in glass for four years.
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|Brand:||Del Maguey Mezcal|
|Mezcalero:||Faustino Garcia Vasquez|
|Style:||Aged in Glass, Joven|
|Town:||San Baltazar Chichicapam|
|Age of plant:||9 years|
|Batch size:||1062 bottles|
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About this mezcal
Del Maguey Boca del Cerro is a unique batch of mezcal that began in 2004 when Del Maguey founder Ron Cooper planted two-year-old agave Espadin. The agaves were planted in Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca on land loaned by local brand partners with a 50/50 arrangement; the landowners were to be responsible for keeping the agaves healthy and weed-free. Unfortunately, they neglected the agaves, hence the plants failed to grow in size but sent roots deep into the earth resulting in a minerally, wild essence. This struggle to survive on the ancient terraces at the mouth of the mountain, finally maturing in nine years is what gives Boca del Cerro (which roughly translates to “mouth of the hill”) its distinguished character.
The tiny, ripe piñas were roasted in a conical stone pit underground, ground by a horse-drawn tahona, fermented naturally in wooden tanks using ambient airborne yeasts, and then distilled in small copper stills. Boca del Cerro was crafted by mezcalero Faustino Garcia Vasquez in the same palenque and through the same process as Chichicapa, the first mezcal Del Maguey brought to the US in 1995. The only change, Faustino now works with his son Maximino Garcia Chávez who has returned from laboring in the US to make Mezcal. This rare release is a tribute to family and tradition. After celebrating their 20th Anniversary with this once-in-a-life- time mezcal, Del Maguey placed the remainder in glass where it has rested for four years. For this limited edition of 1062 bottles, Del Maguey is donating 25% of the net proceeds of every bottle made to efforts to preserve teaching of the ancient Zapotec language in village schools.
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.