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Rezpiral Espadin – Berta Vasquez

Rezpiral Espadin was produced by Berta Vasquez in San Baltazar Chichicapam, Oaxaca. This has been part of several different Rezpiral Series.

Rating: (3 reviews)
Category:Destilado de Agave
Brand:Rezpiral
Mezcalero:Berta Vasquez
Maguey:Espadin
Agave:Angustifolia
Grind:Tahona
Distillation:Copper
Style:Joven
State:Oaxaca
Town:San Baltazar Guélavila
ABV: 48%
Age of plant: 9 years
Website: https://rezpiral.com/
About this destilado de agave

Rezpiral Espadin was produced by Berta Vasquez in San Baltazar Chichicapam.

2017, series #1: Eleven different master-crafted spirits by three independent artisan producers of three pueblos; spirits from nine different wild and domesticated agave varietals (espadin, tobala, barril, tobaziche, mexicano, tepextate, tobala orejon, cuish, and tripon).

2018, series #2: Seventeen different master-crafted spirits by five independent artisan producers from four pueblos San Agustin Amatengo, San Baltazar Guelevila, Chichicapam and San Luis Amatlan; spirits from eleven wild and cultivated varietals, and three specialty batches (pechuga de conejo, espadin capon, espadin con frutas).

2018, series #3: A curated collection of eleven agave spirits crafted from four independent artisan maestros collaborating with the project. Labels in this series are hand drawn as before, and individually silk-screened labels, some with multiple colors.

2019, series #4, first release: A hand-selected selection of fifteen beautifully complex artisanal small batch agave spirits – by Abel Martinez of Santo Domingo Albarradas, Berta & Mario Vasquez of San Baltazar Chichicapam, Aureliano Hernandez of San Baltazar Guelevila, Reina Sanchez of San Luis Amatlan, Leonardo of San Baltazar Guelevila, and Simeon & Apolonio Ramirez of San Agustin Amatengo. Labels in this series were printed on a handful of colored fiber papers including amate (shown below presenting Berta’s ensamble).

2020, series #5, first release: seventeen complex artisanal small batch agave spirits. From Berta Vasquez of San Baltazar Chichicapam, 45 liters of Mexicano from a 150 liter batch, Tepextate, Espadin, Tobala/Tepextate ensamble (2/3 & 1/3), Cuish and a Cuish/Tobala/Tepextate ensamble. From Aureliano Hernandez of San Baltazar Guelevila a 130 liter batch of Pechuga de Café, a 400 liter batch of Arroqueño and 200 liter batch of Coyote. From Abel Martinez of Santo Domingo Albarradas, a 180 liter batch of Jabali/Mexicano, a 2019 180 liter batch of Tobala. From Simeon Ramirez of San Agustin Amatengo a 100 liter batch of Espadin & Piñuela, a 40 liter batch of Piñuela, a 100 liter batch of Mexicano & Tepeztate. From Reina Sanchez of San Luis Amatlan, a 200 liter 2018 batch of Tepextate, and Madrecuish. From Ignacio Antonio of San Vicente Coatlan, a 120 liter batch of Espadin.

Rezpiral

Rezpiral brings selections of high-quality traditional small-batch (non-certified) Mezcals into a handful of places in the USA. At the core of the project is the embrace of an ethos that aims to respect and support the multi-generational knowledge, independence, flavors, lands, and ways of each mezcalero family.

Rezpiral’s small scale allows for the advocacy of diversity on different levels, from supporting the autonomy of producers & their continued production of artisanal mezcals to the preservation of local land control. Rezpiral actively supports master artisan’s proactive planting and management of agave; recollecting and incubating seeds, transplanting and farming diverse species of endemic agave in sustainable ways. Rezpiral directs 10% of earnings back into supporting artisans farming.

Rezpiral has a regional greenhouse to support independent small scale mezcaleros in cultivating and reforesting their lands with local endangered wild agave varietals. They also are highly focused on a cultural and conservation residency program.

3 reviews

4 out of 5


Jonny

Jonny

445 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars7 months ago

Series 3. Smells incredibly fresh and bright. Aromas of lemon, pine, spearmint, and anise. BIG on the palate. Notes of oranges, banana, grapefruit, vanilla bean, broccoli, and pine. Lots of new car tastes and smells.

Gatekeeper

Gatekeeper

8 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars9 months ago

Series 2 by Berta Vasquez. Bottle 40/300, 48.4% ABV.

Nose is wood smoke and citrus with a faint creaminess/cheesiness. Palate is pleasantly full bodied with notes of melons, lime, and more wood smoke. Interesting mix of sweet and savory. Short to medium length finish of roasted agave and a bit more of that creamy flavor. Not super complex but very well rounded, enjoyable and easy to drink.

Yggy45

Yggy45

7 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars2 years ago

Very nice subtle wood smoke and guava on the nose, much the same on the palate – some light wood smoke, guava and sweetness, green avocado and a little slight bitter bite at the end to keep it from being too sweet. Very nice and balanced, would buy again, definitely try some if you find it, probably out of circulation already!

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