ALIPÚS: San Baltazar
San Baltazar is at 4100 feet in relatively open hilly countryside. The soils are light (calciferous) and shaly/rocky. Cirilo ferments in very old pine vats. His mezcals are soft, well-fruited, and mineral.
San Baltazar is the most popular Alipús in the Mexican market, and was withdrawn from export at the end of 2013. Mezcaleros nos. 2 and 5 were made here. It is where we shot a video on artisanal mezcal production (2009), found here.
Pedro Hernandez placing mushed agave fiber along the top of the pot to seal it when he puts on the top of the chamber.
Photographs by Katherine Lewis