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Mezcalero No. 5

Mezcalero No. 5 was made with wild agave marmorata (tepeztate) and cultivated angustifolia (espadín) from the distillery of Don Cosmé Hernandez.

Rating: (4 reviews)
Brand:Mezcalero Mezcal
Mezcalero:Cosme Hernandez
Maguey:Espadin, Tepeztate
Agave:Angustifolia, Marmorata
Town:San Baltazar Guélavila
ABV: 47.9%
Batch size: 636
Release year: 2012
Website: http://alipususa.com/mezcalero/early-mezcalero/, opens in new window

About this mezcal

Mezcalero No. 5 was made with wild agave Tepeztate and cultivated Espadín from the distillery of Don Cosmé Hernandez in San Baltazar Guélavila. This was a limited release of just 636 bottles and most (if not all) have already been consumed.

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.

Member rating

4 out of 5

4 reviews



654 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars4 years ago

Tasty old mezcal. Lots of juicy fruit. Like a mango-orange smoothie with some peat on the finish. The first sip is like a chilled rosé wine. Bit of a burnt kick on the finish.



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Rated 2 out of 5 stars5 years ago

Disappointing. The bottle at the bar has been sitting there for many years with the label all faded and peeling off, so perhaps something happened to it. It started out with sharp alcohol vapors, plastic, and a strong gasoline bite. Luckily as it aired out it became drinkable. Still very one dimensional with mostly licorice, a bit of herb, and dry walnut finish. Bummer!



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Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars6 years ago

Luckily got the last bottle Moreno’s liquors in Chicago had. Taste like sour patch kids with a kick of cayenne pepper. I need to hide this in the back.



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Rated 5 out of 5 stars7 years ago

This is REALLY good! Aromas of dark chocolate, freshly cut lavender, and light flower pollen. tastes of orange blossoms and fresh vanilla beans. Super complex! Round in the mouth with a bright punch of sweet red grapes. I was surprised to see that any of this was still around given it came out years ago and was a relatively small batch. I’m glad that someone stored away a few extra bottles of this, because it’s amazing.

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