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Mezcalero Special Bottling No. 5

Mezcalero Special Bottling No. 5 is distilled in Durango by mezcalero Don Rubén Solis Lozano from wild Cenizo (Agave Durangensis).

Rating: (2 reviews)
Cost:$$$$
Brand:Mezcalero Mezcal
NOM:NOM-O14X
Maguey:Cenizo
Agave:Durangensis
Grind:Hand
Distillation:Copper
Style:Ensamble
State:Durango
Town:Nombre de Dios
ABV: 47%
Batch size: 750 liters
Release year: 2019
Website: https://craftdistillers.com/products/mezcalero/
About this mezcal

Mezcalero Special Bottling No. 5 is distilled in Durango by mezcalero Don Rubén Solis Lozano from wild cenizo (Agave durangensis). The agaves were harvested in thin rocky soil at high altitude, mesquite-roasted in an underground stone oven, crushed by hand, and then fermented in a wood-covered underground pit using wild yeasts. Finally it was double distilled in a 300-liter copper potstill with a wooden cap and dual condensers. This mezcal was bottled in August of 2019.

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 “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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2 reviews

3.75 out of 5


Tyler

Tyler

404 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars7 months ago

Interesting aromas.. what I’ve come to expect from Durango. A bit musty along with aromas of salt and cooked asparagus. The flavors are more exciting than the nose. There is a bit of cheese, dried dark fruit, and wood. The finish might be my favorite part. It is light, salty, with a fruity brightness that lingers for a moment and then fades. It is fun that they ventured outside of Oaxaca for a special bottling, however this isn’t my favorite of the 5 released so far. Still worth a pour if the price is decent. It will be interesting to see if it changes once the bottle opens up.

Interesting aromas.. what I’ve come to expect from Durango. A bit musty along with aromas of salt and cooked asparagus. The flavors are more exciting than the nose. There is a bit of cheese, dried dark fruit, and wood. The finish might be my favorite part. It is light, salty, with a fruity brightness that lingers for a moment and then fades. It is fun that they ventured outside of Oaxaca for a special bottling, however this isn’t my favorite of the 5 released so far. Still worth a po

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Jonny

Jonny

436 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars7 months ago

Highly viscous. This really hangs on the glass. Aromas of cream cheese, sweet cream, red fruit like cranberries and strawberries, and salty sea breeze. The palate is delicate with a fine finesse. Tasting notes of raw hides, dried cranberries, and Maine sea salt. There’s a cold-ocean vibe about this, where you can almost feel the cold breezy air and icy water and frozen sand on your toes, the saltiness all around. Really nice.

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