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.
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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.