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Rezpiral Mexicano – Berta Vasquez

This Rezpiral Mexicano is made by maestra mezcalera Berta Vasquez in the community of San Baltazar Chichicapam, Oaxaca.

Rating: (4 reviews)
Category:Destilado de Agave
Mezcalero:Berta Vasquez
Town:San Baltazar Chichicapam
ABV: 46%
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About this destilado de agave

This Rezpiral Mexicano is made by maestra mezcalera Berta Vasquez in the community of San Baltazar Chichicapam, Oaxaca. The ABV will vary by batch. Check your bottle for details.

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).

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 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



170 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars3 months ago

45.5% abv Batch: March 2022, 230 liters (Mexicano Capón)

Sampled a one ounce pour at Damian in DTLA, really solid Mexicano, herbal and earthy flavors with subtle complexity and smoke on the backend (paired well with the huarache dish on the menu that had black beans and grilled artichoke), tough to get deep on the tasting notes with a single pour, but I would definitely recommend. Another solid release by Berta.

Zack Klamn

Zack Klamn

542 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars3 years ago

Nose – Floral. Black licorice.

Palate – Not quite ripe plums. Sawdust. Spicy, ginger heat. Anise. Watery mouthfeel. Long hot and floral finish. Menthol cigarette aftertaste.

Plenty of complexity and flavor in this one but doesn’t quite hit the target for me.

Gregg T&T

Gregg T&T

100 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars4 years ago

October 2019, 250 liters. Fragrant nose of honeysuckle and mint. Anise and citrus on the nose, body is soft and nuanced.



39 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars4 years ago

Series 5; 250 liters, October 2019; 49.8%

Wow! By far the best Mexicano I have tried to date.

Loads of menthol, cinnamon, dried ginger, and salt water on the nose. Mesquite, leather, and hints of anise on the palate. Mouthfeel is thick, but still quite a bit tingly and hot. Definitely more on the rustic side of the agave spirit spectrum. This is delicious. Get a bottle before they’re gone!

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