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Mezcalero No. 18

Mezcalero no. 18 is yet another Mezcalero release from maestro mezcalero Don Valente Angel. This was produced in 2013, rested for 4 years before bottling.

Rating: (3 reviews)
Brand:Mezcalero Mezcal
NOM:NOM-O14X
Mezcalero:Don Valente Angel García
Agave:Bicuishe, Espadin, Madre-Cuishe, Mexicano
Distillation:Copper
Style:Aged in Glass
State:Oaxaca
Town:Santa Maria La Pila
ABV: 47%
Batch size: 576 bottles
Release year: 2017
Website: http://craftdistillers.com/trade-info/mezcalero-info/
About this mezcal

Mezcalero No. 18 was distilled in 2013 by Don Valente Angel in Santa Maria la Pila from wild/semi-wild Bicuishe, Madrecuishe, and Mexicano blended at roasting with Espadín. It rested in a tank for 4 years before bottling. There was a total of 576 bottles at 47% ABV. This information varies slightly from the label on the bottle, which was actually misprinted.

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.

 

Craft Distillers’ tasting video

3 reviews

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thamthong

thamthong

47 reviews
10 months ago

4.5. bubblegum, buttery, vaguely floral, that deep, musty vegetal quality i get from karwinskiis, all underlined by a hint of acetone on the nose. really fascinating to smell. entry is super buttery in both flavor and texture, followed by don valente’s lovely signature of saline and minerals, rich sweetness that’s at once fruity and vegetal, with a dry finish that verges on astringent. based on just this and mezcalero #16, don valente is my dude. i need to find some mezcalero special bottling #2.

4.5. bubblegum, buttery, vaguely floral, that deep, musty vegetal quality i get from karwinskiis, all underlined by a hint of acetone on the nose. really fascinating to smell. entry is super buttery in both flavor and texture, followed by don valente’s lovely signature of saline and minerals, rich sweetness that’s at once fruity and vegetal, with a dry finish that verges on astringent. based on just this and mezcalero #16, don valente is my dude. i need to find some mezcalero sp

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Tyler

Tyler

292 reviews
2 years ago

Always enjoy mezcal from Don Valente Angel. Lot of interesting flavors here. His signature salt and minerality is present. There is a note of butterscotch and wood spice. The karwinskiis and Mexicano kind of meshes together with a robust finish of espadin. There are no harsh notes. Delicious stuff.

Jonny

Jonny

315 reviews
2 years ago

A bit spiny with aromas of pollen, lavender, orange, and nail polish. The palate is very buttery. Notes of buttered popcorn, asparagus, and sweet potatoes. I like this one a lot. Very nice with a bit of heat but it doesn’t overpower. Lots of complexity.

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