This Rezpiral Tepextate is produced by famed maestra mezcalera Berta Vasquez in the community of San Baltazar Chichicapam, Oaxaca.
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|Category:||Destilado de Agave|
|Agave / Maguey:||Tepeztate|
|Town:||San Baltazar Chichicapam|
About this destilado de agave
This Rezpiral Tepextate is produced by famed maestra mezcalera Berta Vasquez in San Baltazar Chichicapam, Oaxaca. Berta only produces roughly 200 liters/month in San Baltazar Chichicapam, working mostly with Espadin, Tobasiche, and Tobala. This Tepextate, is very rare for her (and many other producers) due to the long time it takes to mature. The batch released for Rezpiral Series 4, was an exclusive for K&L Wine Merchants in California.
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).
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.