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Mezcalero No. 11

Mezcalero No. 11 is made with semi-wild agave Madre-Cuishe, Bicuishe, and Mexicano, as well as cultivated Espadin. The body has notes of roasted meats.

Rating: (2 reviews)
Brand:Mezcalero Mezcal
Mezcalero:Alberto Ortiz
Agave:Bicuishe, Espadin, Madre-Cuishe, Mexicano
Style:Ensamble
State:Oaxaca
Town:Miahuatlan
ABV: 47.3%
Batch size: 1,068
Release year: 2014
Website: http://alipususa.com/mezcalero/early-mezcalero/
About this mezcal

Mezcalero No. 11  is made with semi-wild agave Madre-Cuishe, Bicuishe, and Mexicano, as well as cultivated Espadin from distiller Alberto Ortiz (Don Beto) near Miahuatlan. This Mezcal is complex, and unusually cleanly distilled. The spirit is silky and sweet on the nose, offering citrus aromas and a gentle smoke character. The body has notes of roasted meats and sweetness. The finish is well-rounded and seductive.

Mezcalero Mezcal

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.

 

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2 reviews

4.5 of out 5 stars


Jonny on Jan 28, 2017

227 reviews

  • Overall:

Like other Don Beto mezcals, this is very clean on the nose. The flavor is incredibly dynamic and well-defined. Tasting notes include fresh green pepper, caramel, vanilla, and papaya. Though this ensemble has a lot of different agave blended into it, the flavors all work well together and create a fantastic experience.

Tyler on Sep 18, 2016

210 reviews

  • Overall:

This is an incredible four-agave ensamble from Alberto Ortiz and released by Mezcalero. The Mexicano agave gives it a nice fruity brightness, the two karwinskii agave varieties add sweet and floral notes, and the espadin binds the flavors together beautifully for a smooth finish. This same ensamble made by the same mezcalero, “Don Beto”, can be found under the name Mezcal Papadiablo Especial. It is also delicious, however that mezcal is not quite as smooth and complex as this small-batch Mezcalero release. Might have to buy another bottle before this edition disappears forever, the Mezcalero #11 is that good!

This is an incredible four-agave ensamble from Alberto Ortiz and released by Mezcalero. The Mexicano agave gives it a nice fruity brightness, the two karwinskii agave varieties add sweet and floral notes, and the espadin binds the flavors together beautifully for a smooth finish. This same ensamble made by the same mezcalero, “Don Beto”, can be found under the name Mezcal Papadiablo Especial. It is also delicious, however that mezcal is not quite as smooth and complex as this small-b

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