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Mezcalero No. 20

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.

Rating: (2 reviews)
Brand:Mezcalero Mezcal
NOM:NOM-O14X
Mezcalero:Jesus Rios
Agave:Arroqueno
Distillation:Clay Pot
Style:Aged in Glass
State:Oaxaca
Town:Sola de Vega
ABV: 48.5%
Batch size: 696 bottles
Release year: 2018
Website: http://craftdistillers.com/trade-info/mezcalero-info/
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.

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.

2 reviews

4 of out 5 stars


thamthong on Sep 4, 2018

39 reviews

  • Overall:

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

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Jonny on Aug 16, 2018

235 reviews

  • Overall:

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!

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