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Mezcalero No. 13

Mezcalero No. 13 is made from agave Tepeztate, which is known to be rich and spicy, and Tobalá, which has great elegance, complexity, and finesse.

Rating: (2 reviews)
Brand:Mezcalero Mezcal
Mezcalero:Don Luis Cruz
Agave:Tepeztate, Tobala
Style:Ensamble
State:Oaxaca
Town:San Luis del Rio
ABV: 47.3%
Batch size: 642 bottles
Release year: 2015
Website: http://alipususa.com/mezcalero/info
About this mezcal

Mezcalero No. 13 is made from wild agave Tepeztate and agave Tobalá. It was distilled in May of 2014 by Don Luis Cruz in San Luis del Rio. Agave Tepeztate is known to be rich and spicy, while Tobalá has great elegance, complexity, and finesse.  The combination of these two agave make this Mezcal one of the more unique Ensambles.

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 of out 5 stars


Jonny

Jonny

334 reviews
3 years ago

This is a crazy ensemble. I’ve never had these two agave together before, and the mix makes for an interesting balance. The peppery notes of the Tepeztate shine through with some fruity notes of cantaloupe and tangerine. This mezcal is hard to find (almost extinct) and I’ve enjoyed it each time I’ve been able to find it.

Tyler

Tyler

316 reviews
3 years ago

Fun release from Mezcalero, this ensamble brings together two wild agaves with very different flavor profiles. Not sure of the exact ratio of each but it tastes more tepextate heavy. The nose is soft, floral, tobala heavy. On the palate there is a spicy kick with slight vegetal undertones. Definitely enjoyed this but think the flavors compete against each other a bit. I tasted a Del Maguey San Pedro Taviche mezcal that was a similar ensamble that had a better expression of tobala. Either way, it is still delicious.

Fun release from Mezcalero, this ensamble brings together two wild agaves with very different flavor profiles. Not sure of the exact ratio of each but it tastes more tepextate heavy. The nose is soft, floral, tobala heavy. On the palate there is a spicy kick with slight vegetal undertones. Definitely enjoyed this but think the flavors compete against each other a bit. I tasted a Del Maguey San Pedro Taviche mezcal that was a similar ensamble that had a better expression of tobala. Either way, it

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