Mezcalero No. 28 was distilled in May 2013 by Don Valente Angel Garcia in Santa Maria la Pila, Miahuatlán, Oaxaca.
Mezcalero No. 28
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|Mezcalero:||Valente Angel García|
|Maguey:||Bicuishe, Espadin, Madrecuishe, Mexicano|
|Agave:||Angustifolia, Karwinskii, Rhodacantha|
|Style:||Aged in Glass|
|Town:||Santa Maria La Pila|
|Website:||https://craftdistillers.com/trade-info/mezcalero-info/, opens in new window|
About this mezcal
Mezcalero No. 28 was produced in May 2013 by Don Valente Angel Garcia in Santa Maria la Pila, Miahuatlán, Oaxaca. It was produced from maguey Espadin, Bicuishe, Mexicano, and Madrecuishe. This was aged in glass after production to allow for the flavors and character to mellow and mature. This is the same batch as Mezcalero No. 18, just aged an additional 5 years in glass.
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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Very light on the nose, with hints of lavender, grapefruit, pineapple, and fresh cream. The palate is also light, with notes of bubblegum, lilac, powdered sugar, and cream soda. Looking back at my notes from Mezcalero No 18, this is drastically different given it’s the same batch. Quite frankly, I like this one a lot more after having it sit for 5 years. Everything that was spiny or hot about Mezcalero 18 has completely disappeared. This is really nice.