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.
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|Mezcalero:||Valente Angel García|
|Style:||Aged in Glass|
|Town:||Santa Maria La Pila|
|Batch size:||736 bottles|
|Website:||http://alipususa.com/mezcalero/info, opens in new window|
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 maguey 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.
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.
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)