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Rezpiral Lumbre – Leonardo Hernandez

This Rezpiral Lumbre is made by maestro mezcalero Leonardo Hernandez in the community of San Baltazar Guélavila, Oaxaca.

Rating: (4 reviews)
Category:Destilado de Agave
Mezcalero:Leonardo Hernandez
Town:San Baltazar Guélavila
ABV: 46%
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About this destilado de agave

This Rezpiral Lumbre is made by maestro mezcalero Leonardo Hernandez in the community of San Baltazar Guélavila, Oaxaca. The ABV will vary by batch. Check your bottle for details.

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.


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.

Member rating

4.13 out of 5

4 reviews



165 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars5 months ago

Series 6, October 2020, 400 liter batch, 48.1% abv

Picked up a bottle at El Cerrito Liquor earlier this year. Lots of minty hard candy on the nose and warm apple sauce. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, and the heat hits on the backend on the roof of the mouth. Flavors have some minerality, stewed apple, and wet wood. A perfectly fine sipper but not as complex or balanced as I like but enjoyable. Would buy a copita but not a full bottle next time.



12 reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 stars2 years ago

One of the best karwinskii agave expressions I have ever tried. It has such a sweet nose and deep minerality. I wish I had more brands with Lumbre to compare because the only other one was horrible. Maestro Leonardo Hernandez is probably my favorite from Oaxaca

Zack Klamn

Zack Klamn

542 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars3 years ago

Nose – Kneading raw sourdough. Yeast. Lemon poppy seed cake. Sweet cocktail onion. Bouquet of violets. So much going on here – I’m intrigued!

Palate – Creamy, funky, a bit sour and tasty smoke. A hint of fish oil. A very long finish of mesquite, umami and vanilla. I typed this out and it sounds absolutely nuts – this shouldn’t work but it does! This one is a win for me.



57 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars3 years ago

Series 4
Nose : Sugar cane syrup, spring flowers, lemons and vanilla. Smells like you are standing in a French pastry shop.
Taste : sweet vanilla then herbal on the back end.
Finish : oily and greasy then clean and dry.
Not the most complex Mezcal out there but damn does it hit all the right notes.

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