Mezcalero No. 21 was made by Don Baltazar Cruz, who is also responsible for Mezcalero No. 15, Mezcalero No. 19, and Alipus San Luis.
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|Mezcalero:||Don Baltazar Cruz Gomez|
|Agave:||Cirial, Tepeztate, Tobala|
|Style:||Aged in Glass|
|Town:||San Luis del Rio|
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.
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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