Mezcalero No. 9 was made with semi-wild maguey Arroqueño from three neighboring clay-pot distilleries in Potrero de Sola de Vega.
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|Felix Garcia, Jesus Rios, Leonardo Rojas
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About this mezcal
Mezcalero No. 9 was made with semi-wild maguey Arroqueño (agave Americana) from three neighboring clay-pot distilleries in Potrero de Sola de Vega. The entire batch was just 762 bottles made in this one-time release. If you’re unable to locate a bottle of Mezcalero No. 9, check out the Alipus Destilado en Barro (San Miguel Sola) which is an 80/20 ensamble of espadin and arroqueño made by the same three mezcaleros.
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.