Mezcalero No. 17 was made from the wild and rare agave de Lumbre, which was blended at roasting with maguey Espadín. This mezcal is very round and mellow.
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|Style:||Aged in Glass|
|Town:||San Baltazar Guélavila|
|Batch size:||1104 bottles|
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About this mezcal
Mezcalero No. 17 is a limited edition mezcal that was hand-distilled in March 2014 by Cirilo Hernandez in San Baltazar Guélavila. This mezcal was aged in glass before bottling in June 2015. It was made from the wild and very rare maguey de Lumbre, which was blended at roasting with maguey Espadín. In total, there were 1104 bottles released at 48% ABV. This mezcal is very round and mellow with similar caramel notes to those mezcals or tequilas that are barrel aged. Mezcalistas did a nice blog post on this mezcal – Tasting Notes: Mezcalero #17
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.
Craft Distillers’ tasting video