Mezcalero No. 24 is an Ensamble of maguey Tepextate and maguey Espadin from San Luis del Rio. It was released in April 2020.
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|Mezcalero:||Don Baltazar Cruz Gomez|
|Town:||San Luis del Rio|
|Batch size:||768 bottles|
About this mezcal
Mezcalero No. 24 was hand-distilled in October 2016 by Don Baltazar Cruz in San Luis del Rio. It’s made from from wild maguey Tepextate (agave Marmorata) and hillside maguey Espadín (agave Angustifolia). San Luis gets hot, and this Espadín is fruity and soft, making the perfect backdrop for the intense Tepextate. The entire batch was just 768 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.