Mezcalero No. 4 was made with the extremely-rare wild agaves Americana (Sierra Negra) and Marmorata (Tepeztate) from the distillery of Joel Antonio Cruz in San Juan del Rio. This was a limited release of just 852 bottles.
Mezcalero No. 4
|Rating:||(2 reviews) - Write a review|
|Mezcalero:||Joel Antonio Cruz|
|Maguey:||Sierra Negra, Tepeztate|
|Town:||San Juan del Rio|
|Batch size:||852 bottles|
|Website:||http://alipususa.com/mezcalero/early-mezcalero/, opens in new window|
About this mezcal
Mezcalero No. 4 was made with the extremely-rare wild agave Americana (maguey Sierra Negra) and Marmorata (maguey Tepeztate) from the distillery of Joel Antonio Cruz in San Juan del Rio. This was a limited release of just 852 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.
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Clean nose. A bit of anise aroma with dry oranges. The palate is super complex. Notes of green peppers, flan, leather, grape seed, sesame, and raw flour. More anise and black licorice on the back of the palate. Medium, balanced viscosity. Slightly hot dry finish.
Enjoyed at Barzón in Austin. The bottle was 30% full so lots of air in it. A fresh bottle would probably have tasted better but this is still yummy. There is a lot of minerality and candy with soft agave notes. It doesn’t “pop” like the Aquilino/Vago ensamble of the same agaves. Still it’s enjoyable and nice to find such an old bottle.