Mezcalero No. 14 is made from maguey Arroqueno, and the clay pot distillation that is used in production softens the Arroqueno’s intensity.
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About this mezcal
Mezcalero No. 14 was made from semi-wild maguey Arroqueno (agave Americana) that was harvested from a remote canyon three hours southwest of Oaxaca. It was distlled in clay potstills by Felipe Jesús Rios of Potrero. The clay still used in production rounds out the Arroqueno’s intensity and gives it a much softer mouth-feel.
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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