Mezcalero Special Bottling No. 1 rested in a tank for 18 months following distillation. The calm resting makes this smooth and fruity.
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About this mezcal
Mezcalero Special Bottling No. 1 was distilled in September 2013 by Alberto Ortiz from semi-wild Madre-Cuishe harvested from a south-facing hillside of rocky calciferous soil at 5400 feet elevation. The south slope means more sun, more flavor, and more fruitiness. This batch rested in a tank for 18 months following distillation. Alberto Ortiz keeps his distillery incredibly clean, which is reflected in his Mezcals.
Note: The bottle pictured is Mezcalero Special Bottling No. 2 which has a similar label to this 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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