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Mezcalero Special Bottling No. 2

The label of Mezcalero Special Bottling No. 2 states that it is the “Finest Mezcal in Bottle,” and many will argue that this is true.

Rating: (3 reviews)
Brand:Mezcalero Mezcal
Mezcalero:Don Valente Angel
Agave:Mexicano
Distillation:Copper
Style:Aged in Glass
State:Oaxaca
Town:Santa Maria La Pila
ABV: 47%
Batch size: 736
Release year: 2016
Website: http://alipususa.com/mezcalero/info
About this mezcal

The label of Mezcalero Special Bottling No. 2 states that it is the “Finest Mezcal in Bottle,” and many will argue that this is true. It was hand-distilled in October and November of 2012 by Don Valente Ángel in Santa Maria Pila. He used wild agave Dobadaan found on a south-sloping hillside called La Loma de la Mojonera at 5340 feet elevation. This agave is rare. It takes about ten years to mature. Mezcals from Dobadaan are spicy and sweet due to the species’ high sugar content.  The salient characteristic of this release is that it spent three years in a tank. Over the span of those three years, this Mezcal developed an innate complexity that is deep-flavored and profound.

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 “silvestran” 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.

 

Craft Distillers’ tasting video

(Correction: In this video Mr. Coale says this mezcal is made from agave madrecuishe when it is actually agave Dobadaan/Mexicano. He might have been thinking of the Mezcalero Special Bottling No. 1)

3 reviews

5 of out 5 stars


Tyler on Jan 26, 2017

  • Overall:

Marshmallows and spring water on the nose. There is a reason this bottle is “special”.. buttery floral notes open up into soft flavors of roasted agave. The finish is soft with a bit of lemon zest and vanilla. Amazing mezcal. Buy a bottle or try while you can as this batch is small.

Jonny on Jan 26, 2017

  • Overall:

Wow! You really can’t get enough of this mezcal. Even after a night of tasting other amazing mezcals, this one tastes incredible. Very sweet and sugary on the nose. Aromas of fresh sugar cane, pine, and vibrant fresh green pepper. Everything about this mezcal is very clean. The flavor is unbelievably complex. It’s so complex that it’s hard to pin individual notes. There’s some vanilla, leather, roasted agave, rose hip, almonds, and ash. This mezcal jumps around the mouth and hits every receptor. Absolutely incredible!

Wow! You really can’t get enough of this mezcal. Even after a night of tasting other amazing mezcals, this one tastes incredible. Very sweet and sugary on the nose. Aromas of fresh sugar cane, pine, and vibrant fresh green pepper. Everything about this mezcal is very clean. The flavor is unbelievably complex. It’s so complex that it’s hard to pin individual notes. There’s some vanilla, leather, roasted agave, rose hip, almonds, and ash. This mezcal jumps around the mouth

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Keith on Nov 23, 2016

  • Overall:

Initial nose of butterscotch over agave, tastes of almond and baking spices folding into cucumber & fresh cut asparagus, a thread of minerality throughout, nectar sweetness plus the wildflowers that go with it overlay all. A very pleasant aftertaste adds icing to the cake. I don’t detect smoke till the glass is empty. This is a delightful mezcal.

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