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Mezcalero No. 21

Mezcalero No. 21 was made by Don Baltazar Cruz, who is also responsible for Mezcalero No. 15, Mezcalero No. 19, and Alipus San Luis.

Rating: (1 review)
Brand:Mezcalero Mezcal
NOM:NOM-O14X
Mezcalero:Don Baltazar Cruz Gomez
Agave:Cirial, Tepeztate, Tobala
Distillation:Copper
Style:Aged in Glass
State:Oaxaca
Town:San Luis del Rio
ABV: 48%
Release year: 2018
Website: http://craftdistillers.com/trade-info/mezcalero-info/
About this mezcal

Mezcalero No. 21 is made with wild agave Cirial (noted for sweetness, high acid, dark-chocolate notes), wild agave Tepeztate (earthy, vegetal, intense), and wild agave Tobalá (elegant and refined). The Tepeztate-Tobalá play well against each other, and the Cirial induces a soft, fruity, and balanced intensity. After distillation, this rested 22 months in glass. The batch has a total of 744 bottles.

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.

1 review

4 of out 5 stars


Jonny on Nov 8, 2018

248 reviews

  • Overall:

Very subtle and light aromas. A bit sharp on the palate but not in an unpleasant way. This is actually really good! Some Mezcalero Mezcals are NEXT LEVEL like the Mezcalero 8, 13, 15, 16, or 20j. Those are my favorites of those I’ve tried so far. This is unfortunately not one of them, but it’s still really, really good. With Mezcalero, the bar so high! Tasting notes of dark fruit and pineapple. Definitely need to grab another taste of this.

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