Mezcalero Special Bottling No. 6 was made by Don Rodulfo Juan Juarez. It was produced using maguey Azul in San Juan del Rio, Oaxaca.
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|Mezcalero:||Rodolfo Juan Juarez|
|Town:||San Juan del Rio|
|Batch size:||540 liters|
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About this mezcal
Mezcalero Special Bottling No. 6 was made by Don Rodulfo Juan Juarez. It was produced using maguey Azul (Agave tequilana) in San Juan del Rio, Oaxaca. There were just 540 liters of this distilled in December 2022. The agaves were roasted in an underground pit oven, crushed by horse-drawn tahona, fermented with open air yeasts, and double distilled in a 250 liter copper potstill.
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.