Cementerio Mezcalero (Mezcal Graveyard) is a collection of mezcals aged in glass which honors an ancient tradition. A community’s best mezcals are aged in glass containers, often underground, to be unearthed at a later time for family celebrations such as birthdays, weddings, and baptisms.
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|Style:||Aged in Glass, Joven|
|Batch size:||435 bottles (2016 edition)|
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About this mezcal
Cementerio Mezcalero (Mezcal Graveyard) is a collection of mezcals aged in glass which honors an old tradition in certain small communities. Some of the community’s best mezcals are aged in glass containers, often underground, to be unearthed at a later time for family celebrations such as birthdays, weddings, and baptisms. A significant portion of the proceeds are set aside for tourism equipment of Tzitzio, Michoacan in order to promote the Desentierros Mezcaleros (mezcal unearthing) traditionally held during Day of the Dead.
The first edition, released in 2016, is made with maguey Sahuayensis (Agave Americana) in Tzitzio, Michoacán by Mezcalero Don Guadalupe Pérez. Maguey Sahuayensis grows in western Michoacán, close to Jiquilpan and Sahuayo. It is a large agave, sometimes measures up to 2 meters in height and can weight between 80 to 200 pounds. The agaves are cooked in a conical lava rock pit for 4 days and fermented in oak vats with natural airborne yeasts. It is double distilled in a copper alembic still with a pine wood hat. Finally, this mezcal was rested in large glass demijohns for 9 months, 3 feet underground.
Mezcal de Leyendas (previously labeled as Mezcales de Leyenda) believes they can improve some of the most marginalized communities in Mexico. They implement the best fair trade practices where they work, and they have many efforts in agave sustainability. Their mezcals come from the different mezcal-producing states. They also have some special edition, small-batch mezcals. The brand also releases the Pelotón de la Muerte line of mezcals.
In 2021, the brand (under Artisanal Distillates, LLC) raised money via the StartEngine platform at a $32.7 million pre-money valuation.