Earlier Mezcaleros

front labels for no. 13
semi-wild madrecushe (agave amaricana)
Hector Vasquez of Los Danzantes talking shop with Abelio Cruz, the man who distilled mezcalero no. 1. Note the total absence of ego.

EARLIER MEZCALERO BOTTLINGS

MEZCALERO No. 22 (2019)816 bottles of wild (and uncommon) bicuishe (Karwinskii variant) distilled in 2015 by Don Valente Angel of Santa Maria La Pila. Very cleanly distilled: elegantly intense and rich, amazing finish. Rested almost 4 years. One of our best. 47.4% abv

MEZCALERO No. 21 (2018)Wild cirial, tepextate, & tobalá distilled in 2016 by Baltazar Cruz of San Luis del Rio. Rich fruit (San Luis gets hot) and excellent complexity and balance. Smoooooth. 48% abv

MEZCALERO No. 20 (2018)Semi-wild Arroqueño (agave americana) distilled in 2016 on a clay pot by Jesús Rios of El Potrero, a tiny spot just off the highway on the other side of the first ridge west of Sola de Vega. Steep terrain brings out the ferality of the intense arroqueño, softened by the clay pot. Very clean. 48.5% abv

MEZCALERO No. 19 (2017) Wild cirial (variant of agave Karwinskii) and cultivated upland espadín (agave angustifolia) distilled in March, 2015 by Don Baltazar Cruz Gonzales in San Luis del Rio, and bottled after more than 2 years in tank. Beautifully distilled. 47% abv.

MEZCALERO No. 18 (2018) Wild and semi-wild agaves bicuishe, madrecuishe (agaves karwinskii), mexicano (agave rhodacantha, or dobadán). and cultivated espadín (agave angustifolia), distilled in May, 2013 by Don Valente Angel in Santa Maria la Pila, and bottled after four years in tank. Amazing presence. 46% abv.

MEZCALERO No. 17 (2016)Wild agave de lumbre, an agave so unknown it has no scientific name, blended at roasting with espadín (agave angustifolia). The distiller is Cirilo Hernandez of San Baltazar Guélavila, who has a marvelous soft touch. Delicate and genuinely rare. 1104 bottles at 48% abv.

MEZCALERO No. 16 (2016)Semi-wild madrecuishe (agave karwinskii) distilled by Don Valente Angel in Santa Maria Pila. The species has high acidity, thus great structure and clarity of flavor in the mezcal. Beautifully distilled. 1308 bottles at 47.2% abv.

MEZCALERO No. 15 (2016)Semi-wild agave americana (sierra negra) from warm-climate mountain slopes, distilled by Baltazar Cruz Gonzales in San Luis del Rio. Sierra negra is notably suave. 1128 bottles at 47.2% abv.

MEZCALERO No. 14 (2015)Semi-wild agave americana (arroqueño) from a remote canyon three hours southwest of Oaxaca. Distlled in clay potstills by Felipe Jesús Rios of Potrero. Arroqueño intensity is softened by distillation in a clay still. 768 bottles at 47.7% abv.

MEZCALERO No. 13 (2015)Wild agave marmorata (tepeztate) and potatorum (tobalá) distilled in May, 2014, by Don Luis Cruz in San Luis del Rio. Tepeztate is rich and spicy; tobalá has great elegance & finesse. 642 bottles at 47.3% abv.

MEZCALERO No. 12 (2015)Wild agave cupreata distilled in Nov 2014 by Emilio Vieyra in San Miguel del Monte, Michoacan. Cupreata is very rarely distilled for export. 1068 bottles at 46.3% abv.

MEZCALERO No. 11 (2015)Semi-wild agave karwinskii (madrecuishe and bicuishe), rhodacantha (Mexicano), and cultivated espadín from distiller Alberto Ortiz (Don Beto) near Miahuatlan. Complex, unusually cleanly distilled. 1068 bottles at 47.3% abv.

MEZCALERO No. 10 (2014)Semi-wild agave americana (sierra negra), from distiller Rodolfo Juan Juarez in San Juan del Rio. 858 bottles at 46.7% abv.

MEZCALERO No. 9 (2013)Semi-wild agave americana (arroqueño) from three neighboring clay-pot distilleries in Potrero de Sola de Vega. 762 bottles at 46- 49% abv.

MEZCALERO No. 8 (2013)Wild and semi-wild agaves karsinskii (madrecuishe), rhodacantha (mexicano), and potatorum (tobalá) from Don Valente Angel in Santa Maria la Pila. 1080 bottles at 47.9% abv.

MEZCALERO No. 7 (2013)Wild agaves americana (sierra negra), marmorata (tepeztate), and potatorum (tobala) from the distillery of Joel Antonio Cruz in San Juan del Rio. 606 bottles at 47.9% abv.

MEZCALERO No. 6 (2012)Wild and semi-wild agaves karwinskii (bicuishe and madrecuishe) and rhodacantha (mexicano) from Don Valente Angel in Santa Maria la Pila. 816 bottles at 48.7% abv.

MEZCALERO No. 5 (2012)Wild agave marmorata (tepeztate) and cultivated angustifolia (espadín) from the distillery of Don Cosmé Hernandez in San Baltazar Guélavila. 636 bottles at 47.9% abv.

MEZCALERO No. 4 (2011)Wild agaves americana (sierra negra) and marmorata (tepeztate) from the distillery of Joel Antonio Cruz in San Juan del Rio. 852 bottles at 48.3% abv.

MEZCALERO No. 3 (2011)Wild agave rhodacantha (mexicano) and cultivated angustifolia (espadín) from from Don Valente Angel in Santa Maria la Pila. 780 bottles at 47.0% abv.

MEZCALERO No. 2 (2010)Wild agaves marmorata (tepeztate) and potatorum (tobalá) and cultivated angustifolia (espadín) from the distillery of Don Cosmé Hernandez in San Baltazar Guélavila.. 636 bottles at 48.2% abv.

MEZCALERO No. 1 (2009)Wild agaves marmorata (tepeztate) and potatorum (tobalá) from the distillery of Joel Antonio Cruz in San Juan del Rio. 192 bottles at 45.6% abv.