Mezcalero No. 20 is a small-batch limited release made in the tiny town of El Potrero, near Sola de Vega, Oaxaca. Like all Mezcalero releases, this is a one-time bottling so grab a taste while you can.
Mezcalero No. 20
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|Style:||Aged in Glass|
|Town:||Sola de Vega|
|Batch size:||696 bottles|
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About this mezcal
Mezcalero No. 20 was distilled in a small clay pot still in May/June of 2015 by Don Jesus Rios in El Potrero, near Sola de Vega, Oaxaca. Don Jesus is also one of the producers of Alipus Destilado en Barro (San Miguel Sola), however his Alipus bottles have never been exported from Mexico. He also had a small batch released as Mezcalero No. 9 (along with Tio Leonardo and Tio Felix). Mezcalero No. 20 was made with semi-wild Arroqueño and it spent almost three years resting in a tank before being bottled. There are a total of 696 bottles at 48.5% ABV.
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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No. 20J. March 2018. 696 bottles.
Hard to hate on Arroqueño but I was hoping for so much more! Some nice nuance but then it gets all too tailsy and the finish is cheap.
This one comes in hot but the roasted-y chocolate chili that finishes is absolute perfection.
Solid, not sure if exceptional. Gonna have to revisit. For now, 4/5
Nic Hnastchenko108 reviews
Lot 20J | Don Jesus Rios. Woah, chocolate and roasted, this is really good, strong bite but also so different from my 5 Sentidos Arroqueno at home. Had this last night and still thinking about that chocolate
Mezcal Arroqueño is Wonderful. I’ve tried Mezcaloteca’s and now this. Oily, minty, chocolatey with a hint of chiles. Get it at Moreno’s (Chicago) while it lasts.
for having rested ~3 years in tank, the teeth are still pretty sharp on this one. ethanol presence is a bit unwieldy. the nose for me was incredibly boozy, with hints of clay and fresh agave seeping through. drinks very nicely but alcohol presence is way more aggressive than 48.5% abv would suggest. “post-rain farmland” nails it, though for me the sweetness was more along the lines of cucumber and unripe papaya. pretty good kick before the long, anonymously sweet finish. this is a case of high expectations based on specs–love arroqueno, love mezcalero, aged 3 years–that weren’t quite met by what is otherwise a very good mezcal.
for having rested ~3 years in tank, the teeth are still pretty sharp on this one. ethanol presence is a bit unwieldy. the nose for me was incredibly boozy, with hints of clay and fresh agave seeping through. drinks very nicely but alcohol presence is way more aggressive than 48.5% abv would suggest. “post-rain farmland” nails it, though for me the sweetness was more along the lines of cucumber and unripe papaya. pretty good kick before the long, anonymously sweet finish. this i
Wow! Like a dark cloud pulling a flash of white light from the ground. This stuff is awesome. Intense aromas of cinnamon, cocoa, and wet clay. Big and full on the nose. The first opening of the bottle is an incredible rush of rich aromas. The palate is balanced and thick. Slightly sweet tastes of chocolate covered strawberries and blueberries in cream. A little vanilla shortcake mixing with deep post-rain farmland. Long, semi-sweet finish. Love this!