Mezcalero No. 1 was made with wild maguey Tepeztate and Tobala from the distillery of Joel Antonio Cruz in San Juan del Rio.
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|Mezcalero:||Joel Antonio Cruz|
|Town:||San Juan del Rio|
|Batch size:||192 bottles|
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About this mezcal
Mezcalero No. 1 was made with wild maguey Tepeztate and Tobala from the distillery of Joel Antonio Cruz in San Juan del Rio. Given that this was a limited released in 2009, this is an extremely rare Mezcal. If you see it, try it.
Each Mezcalero bottling is true to the fundamental batch nature of artisan Mezcal production. Each bottling is distilled from a single integral batch of agaves that are at least 50% wild or semi-wild, and usually 100%. These “silvestre” agaves take a lot of work to harvest: searching for days in the mountains, packing the agaves back on burros. After that, it takes a month of continuous labor to produce a single batch of Mezcalero, usually 600-700 bottles. Mezcalero is both a brand and an intention. The brand is a way for talented artisan distillers to work with, and gain part of their livelihood from, some very special agaves. The intention goes deeper: to help preserve a way of distilling that is also a way of life, deeply linked to the distiller’s family, to his social environs, to his pueblo, to an entire way of life largely deriving from indigenous culture that is at risk of rapid deterioration under pressure from the modernization of Mexico.