Mezcalero No. 26 was distilled in April 2018 by Don Valente Angel Garcia in Santa Maria la Pila, Miahuatlán, Oaxaca.
Mezcalero No. 26
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|Mezcalero:||Valente Angel García|
|Style:||Aged in Glass|
|Town:||Santa Maria La Pila|
|Batch size:||900 bottles|
|Website:||https://craftdistillers.com/trade-info/mezcalero-info/, opens in new window|
About this mezcal
Mezcalero No. 26 was distilled in April 2018 by Don Valente Angel Garcia in Santa Maria la Pila, Miahuatlán, Oaxaca. It was produced from Maguey Arroqueño (Agave americana). It was bottled in November 2021.
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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Tried a small sample at the Mexico in a Bottle event in San Diego a few weeks ago. To be honest, my palate was totally overwhelmed with good stuff that day. But this one did stand out, great lingering finish and solid mouthfeel. One of the best things, of many, that I sampled that Sunday.
The nose is so inviting, strong smells of cake frosting and sweet baked goods. The palate is similar, tastes like vanilla cupcakes it’s delicate but full bodied. Not a huge arroqueno fan but this is special, elite arroqueno. Try any bottle with Don Valente’s name on it, such a treat.