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Mezcalero No. 17

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.

Rating: (4 reviews)
Brand:Mezcalero Mezcal
Mezcalero:Cirilo Hernandez
Maguey:Espadin, Lumbre
Agave:Angustifolia, Sp
Style:Aged in Glass
Town:San Baltazar Guélavila
ABV: 48%
Batch size: 1104 bottles
Release year: 2016
Website: http://alipususa.com/mezcalero/info, opens in new window

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

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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Member rating

4 out of 5

4 reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 stars4 years ago

A nice bright mezcal. Some fresh cut celery and a bit of star fruit at the beginning which stays with you for a while. Not the most dynamic, but a decent aperitif.



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Rated 3 out of 5 stars7 years ago

Very clean on the nose with slight citrus aromas. Compared to other Mezcalero Mezcals, this is very mild in flavor. It’s complex and balanced. There are subtle tasting notes of tropical fruit and root vegetables like potatoes and beets. This Mezcal is completely unique. Everything about this seems muddled and distant.



19 reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 stars7 years ago

Pepper leading, fruity nose

Hot and woody with a smooth finish….really amazing mezcal



641 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars7 years ago

Very clean on the nose with hints of roasted agave like a tequila. On the palate there are notes of lime, copper, burnt agave, and subtle honey. I am curious to try a 100% lumbre mezcal as the flavors are quite interesting here.

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