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Del Maguey Vida de Muertos

Del Maguey Vida de Muertos is a special 45% ABV edition of Vida inspired by the batches of mezcal that are distilled in autumn and shared for the celebration of Dia de los Muertos.

Rating: (7 reviews)
Brand:Del Maguey Mezcal
NOM:NOM-O41X
Mezcalero:Marcos Cruz Mendez, Paciano Cruz Nolasco
Maguey:Espadin
Agave:Angustifolia
Grind:Shredder
Distillation:Copper
Style:Joven
State:Oaxaca
Town:San Luis del Rio
ABV: 45%
Age of plant: 7-8 years
Release year: 2021
Website: https://delmaguey.com/, opens in new window
Ownership:Pernod Ricard

About this mezcal

Del Maguey Vida de Muertos is a special 45% ABV edition of Vida inspired by the batches of mezcal that are distilled in autumn by the family of Paciano Cruz Nolasco and shared for the celebration of Dia de los Muertos. It is produced using 100% Maguey Espadin (Agave angustifolia haw) that has grown for 7-8 years. Besides the ABV, another difference from Vida is that Each batch of Vida de Muertos is a limited center cut of the distillate that’s hand-selected by Paciano Cruz Nolasco. Vida de Muertos has aromas of tropical fruit with hints of spice. On the palate, there is a creamy texture with floral notes, green herbs, and poblano peppers.

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.

7 reviews

3.29 out of 5

GeorgePBurdell

GeorgePBurdell

41 reviews
Rated 3 out of 5 stars1 month ago

Nice upgrade from the normal Vida. Some candied orange peel that keeps this from being just a smoke bomb. So many mezcal cocktails seem built to balance Vida’s smoke and they’re not balanced with ‘cleaner’ pours. The de Muertos smoke is still a bit harsh to me neat, but I think it will mix very well…

El-Dawg

El-Dawg

136 reviews
Rated 3 out of 5 stars3 months ago

LOTE: VDM-211
Lots of smoke throughout, but agree with others that this is a step up from the normal Vida. The extra % of ABV really does help. I also get some orange peel smell & taste, with a slightly sour finish. I would use this in both a cocktail for extra humph and complexity, and sip in a pinch.
Review #124

SoloAgave

SoloAgave

85 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars4 months ago

Cooked orange peels to start with a some pleasant sweetness without all the smokey/chemical/acetone you get from Vida (not a bad thing to have as these components work well for mixed drinks). Great notes abound already from reviewers for this new release but at this price point with a higher ABV – consider me contented. Sipping it gets a passing grade and for cocktails its probably much more complex and will provide more depth than the current well/cheaper level mezcals out there.

Jonny

Jonny

537 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars5 months ago

Lot VDM-211. Aromas of burnt tires, medical equipment, anise, and cough medicine. Palate has lots of smoke, charred oranges, burnt pineapple, and vanilla bean. While regular VIDA is engineered for cocktails, this is a significantly better sipper.

LittleArm

LittleArm

26 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars5 months ago

Some smoke and citrus on the nose.
Smoke forward with a little heat but in a good way. Sweet and fruity and easy to drink.

Tyler

Tyler

532 reviews
Rated 3 out of 5 stars5 months ago

Like Vida but no sour or overly smoked finish. Apple skin notes like a dry hard cider. Smoke level is nice. Might grab this for cocktails. VDM-211

Zack Klamn

Zack Klamn

371 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars5 months ago

LOT: VDM-211
Nose – Fresh orange citrus. Some mango. Low-to-medium smoke.

Palate – Excellent coating and mouth feel. Rock sugar candy sweetness. Pretty smoke forward but I enjoy it. Salty like a sharp, cojita cheese. Slow build of heat in the midsection to the finish but it not too hot. The slightest bit soapy in the finish but shades of a sambuca aftertaste – so good overall.

The extra ABV 45% for Vida de Muertos (vs 42% for regular VIDA) goes a hell of a long way in terms of being a sippable product. Vida de Muertos is much, much better!

LOT: VDM-211
Nose – Fresh orange citrus. Some mango. Low-to-medium smoke.
Palate – Excellent coating and mouth feel. Rock sugar candy sweetness. Pretty smoke forward but I enjoy it. Salty like a sharp, cojita cheese. Slow build of heat in the midsection to the finish but it not too hot. The slightest bit soapy in the finish but shades of a sambuca aftertaste – so good overall.
The extra ABV 45% for Vida de Muertos (vs 42% for regular VIDA) goes a hell of a long way in terms o

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