Mezcalero No. 22 was distilled in May 2015 by Don Valente Angel Garcia in Santa Maria la Pila, Miahuatlán, Oaxaca and rested for nearly 4 years.
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|Mezcalero:||Don Valente Angel García|
|Agave / Maguey:||Bicuishe|
|Style:||Aged in Glass|
|Town:||Santa Maria La Pila|
|Age of plant:||15 years|
|Batch size:||816 bottles|
About this mezcal
Mezcalero No. 22 was distilled in May 2015 by Don Valente Angel Garcia in Santa Maria la Pila, Miahuatlán, Oaxaca. It was produced from 100% wild agave Bicuishe, a variety of agave Karwinskii which needs around 15 years to mature. Bicuishe is intense and acidic and often added in small portions to ensamble mezcals for flavor. For instance, Don Valente adds 10% agave Bicuishe to his Alipus San Andres mezcal. Mezcalero No. 22 was aged for almost four years and bottled in November 2018. The finish has notes of dark chocolate.
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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