Mezcalero Special Bottling No. 3 is a limited release made with wild maguey Tobala. This mezcal was rested 2 years before bottling.
Mezcalero Special Bottling No. 3
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|Mezcalero:||Rodolfo Juan Juarez|
|Style:||Aged in Glass|
|Town:||San Juan del Rio|
|Batch size:||736 bottles|
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About this mezcal
Mezcalero Special Bottling No. 3 was made by Don Rodulfo Juan Juarez with wild maguey Tobala that was harvested from the mountains above the Rio Huiche near San Juan del Rio. The agave were wood-roasted in a stone horno, milled by horse-drawn tahona, and fermented with wild yeasts. This mezcal was double distilled in a copper still and rested for two years before it was bottled in June of 2017. There was a total of 500 liters (736 bottles) in this batch with an ABV of 48.5%. It has minerality from the limestone soil in which the agave was grown.
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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Enjoyable tobala that does not live up to the Special Bottling expectations set by the prior two releases. Tobala mezcals being released today are hit-or-miss and this is still a hit. There are some nice caramel and vegetal notes here. A bit hot but not overpowering.
Very light aromas of bananas, vanilla bean, and dark ripe peach. The palate is even and balanced with a light finish. There’s a lot of finesse to this. It’s muy suave. The Tobala is mellow. The flavor doesn’t blow me away but there’s an umami intangible that is really intriguing. I’ve had several Mezcals from this Mezcalero and this is my favorite of his thus far.