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Mezcalero No. 7

Mezcalero No. 7 was made with wild agaves americana (sierra negra), marmorata (tepeztate), and potatorum (tobala) from the distillery of Joel Antonio Cruz.

About this mezcal

Mezcalero No. 7 was made with wild agaves Sierra Negra, Tepeztate, and Tobala in the distillery of Joel Antonio Cruz in San Juan del Rio. This was a very small release of just 606 bottles and most (if not all) of them 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.

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Rated 4 out of 5 stars7 years ago

Quite an interesting ensamble! There is a great balance here despite what might seem like conflicting flavors from the different agaves. The Tobala kicks off this journey to flavortown. The Tepextate is subtle whereas the Sierra Negra produces a strong finish. Entirely unique and in short supply. Give this a try if you see it.

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