Del Maguey Ibérico is a clay pot distilled pechuga mezcal from Santa Catarina Minas with a unique twist – it is produced with Ibérico ham in the still.
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|Del Maguey Mezcal
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|Florencio Carlos Sarmiento, Florencio Carlos Vasquez, Luis Carlos Vasquez
|Santa Catarina Minas
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About this mezcal
The idea of introducing Ibérico ham in-lieu of the traditional chicken or turkey in a pechuga mezcal was suggested to Del Maguey founder Ron Cooper by Chef Ruben García during a visit to Santa Catarina Minas, Oaxaca. Chef Ruben was leading a research and development team at ThinkFoodGroup, a company founded by Chef José Andrés. A few months after Ron Cooper and Chef Ruben met in Oaxaca, Chef Ruben months later Ruben shipped a leg of Ibérico ham to Oaxaca to begin the testing of the new blend of mezcal. Ibérico de Bellota ham is a legendary ham made of free-range, acorn-fed, black-footed Ibérico pigs from Spain.
This unique pechuga expression has a spicy floral nose of carnation, tropical aromatics of gardenia and jasmine, ripe pear, dark fig, notes of wet green hay and forest floor. The long finish tastes of roasted root vegetables and umami, and a slate-like minerality and a touch of salinity lingers on the palate.
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.