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Mezcalero No. 22

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.

Rating: (3 reviews)
Brand:Mezcalero Mezcal
NOM:NOM-O14X
Mezcalero:Don Valente Angel García
Agave:Bicuishe
Grind:Shredder
Distillation:Copper
Style:Aged in Glass
State:Oaxaca
Town:Santa Maria La Pila
ABV: 47.4%
Age of plant: 15 years
Batch size: 816 bottles
Release year: 2019
Website: https://craftdistillers.com/trade-info/mezcalero-info/
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.

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.

3 reviews

5 of out 5 stars


thamthong

thamthong

47 reviews
5 days ago

jee. zus.

this is the most unwieldy and boldest of the don valente mezcals i’ve had the privilege of sampling (mezcalero special bottling 2 is my favorite mezcal and among the best spirits i’ve ever tasted, no 16 runs a close second, and 18 is a luscious ensamble.) which is in no way a bad thing. aggressively fragrant on the nose—rich fruit-forward sweetness and cooked agave, hot desert sand and rocks, a bit of leather. bright on entry almost immediately tempered by that signature don valente minerality/salinity. karwinski vegetal notes are present with a bit of char that oscillates with burnt sugar and unsweetened vanilla. minty tingliness ushers in the finish that carries for days. i think i described mezcalero special bottling 2 as a desert oasis, this is straight distilled sunlight. absolutely tremendous. i’d be lying if i said i dont miss the velvety texture of special 2 and the finesse that’s mutual to that and no16, but this shows the breadth of don valente’s range for creating excellent mezcal. he’s a goddamn wizard. this is also the first pour off the bottle so curious to see how this opens up, but it’s virtually perfect as is. i bought two blind and may stock up further.

jee. zus.
this is the most unwieldy and boldest of the don valente mezcals i’ve had the privilege of sampling (mezcalero special bottling 2 is my favorite mezcal and among the best spirits i’ve ever tasted, no 16 runs a close second, and 18 is a luscious ensamble.) which is in no way a bad thing. aggressively fragrant on the nose—rich fruit-forward sweetness and cooked agave, hot desert sand and rocks, a bit of leather. bright on entry almost immediately tempered by that signature don v

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Jonny

Jonny

314 reviews
1 month ago

Smells off the f-ing charts y’all!!! Like Woah. Straight candy aromas with hints of oranges and lime. The palate is rich and full. Wow! Oranges and velvet and cologne and apples and minerals and vanilla and cream and peppermint and tobacco and flan. This is all over the place and amazing. I ordered a bottle online immediately after my first sip.

Tyler

Tyler

291 reviews
1 month ago

Holy wow. Don Valente is a master. His mezcals have this crazy spicy mineral cologned finish. There is this vanilla custard note here which is seriously good. The finish has a gentle minty kick.

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