Single-batch artisan mezcal based on wild/semi-wild agaves. The brand was conceived by Craft Distillers & developed in collaboration with Destileria Los Danzantes. Craft-method distillation is what we believe in. Great product deserves an audience. Most of the best mezcal distillers produce tiny batches. The only way to keep this wonderful process going is by making it more widely available.
PRODUCTS & IMAGES
Mezcalero no. 18
Hand-distilled in 2013 by Don Valente in Santa Maria la Pila from wild/semi-wild Bicuishe, Madrecuishe, and Mexicano blended at roasting with Espadín. 4 years in tank. 576 bottles (label is wrong) @ 47% abv.
Mezcalero Special Bottling no. 1
Distilled in September 2013 by Alberto Ortiz (“Don Beto”) from semi-wild madrecuishe (agave karwinskii) harvested from a south-facing hillside of rocky calciferous soil at 5400 feet elevation, wood-roasted in a stone palenque, mallet-crushed, fermented with wild yeasts, double distilled using artisan methods in a 200-liter copper potstill. Exceptional flavor from the southern exposure. exceptional complexity from yeasts working amid hand-milled solids. exceptional finesse due to madrecuishe’s long stem: maturation in heat that is ambient, not reflected from sun-baked soil. these qualities, with the species’ typical citric acerbity, are focused to perfection by immaculate craft distillation at the hands of a master. 756 bottles at 49.6% abv. SRP $135
Mezcalero Special bottling no. 2
552 liters distilled in October and November of 2012 by Don Valente Angel from semi-wild Dobadaan (agave rhodacantha). It was harvested from a south-facing slope of a hill known as Loma de la Mojonera comprised of sandy, ferriferous soil at 5350 feet of elevation. The agaves were wood-fire roasted in a stone horno, shredder-crushed, fermented with wild yeasts, double distilled using artisan methods on a 200-liter copper potstill, and bottled in March of 2016. 736 bottles at 47.4% abv
Mezcalero Special Bottling No.3
From 500 liters distilled in May, 2015 by Don Rodolfo Juan Juarez from wild tobal (agave potatorum) harvested in the mountains above the Rio Huiche near San Juan del Rio, whose clayey soils contain limestone, and rested 2 years in tank. Controlled minerality, profound depth and integration. 48.5% abv.
LIST OF RELEASES
Mezcalero 18: Santa María la Pila (2017, 576 bottles), agaves Biuishe, Madrecuishe, Mexicano blended at roasting with Espadín.
Mezcalero 17: San Baltazar Guélavila (2016, 1104 bottles), agaves de Lumbre and Espadín
Mezcalero 16: Santa María la Pila (2016, 1322 bottles) agave Madrecuishe
Mezcalero Special Bottling no. 2: Santa María la Pila (2016, 736 bottles) agave Dobadaan
Mezcalero 15: San Luis del Río, Tlacolula (2016, 1128 bottles) agave Sierra Negra
Mezcalero 14: Potrero (2015, 768 bottles) agave Arroqueño
Mezcalero 13: San Luis del Rio (2015, 642 bottles) agaves Tepeztate & Tobalá
Mezcalero Special Bottling no. 1: Bramaderos (Miahuatlan) (2015, 756 bottles) agave Madrecuishe
Mezcalero 12: San Miguel del Monte, Michoacan (2015, 718 bottles) agave Cupreata
Mezcalero 11: Bramaderos (Miahuatlan) (2014, 1068 bottles) agaves Madrecuishe, Mexicano, Espadín.
Mezcalero 10: San Juan del Rio (2014, 858 bottles) agave Sierra Negra.
Mezcalero 9: Potrero/Sola de Vega (2013, 762 bottles) agave Arroqueño
Mezcalero 8: Santa Maria la Pila (2013, 1080 bottles) agaves Madrecuishe, Mexicano, Tobalá
Mezcalero 7: San Juan del Rio (2013, 606 bottles) agaves Sierra Negra, Tepeztate, Tobalá
Mezcalero 6: Santa Maria La Pila (2012, 816 bottles) agaves Bicuishe, Madrecuishe, Mexicano
Mezcalero 5: San Baltazar Guélavila (2012, 636 bottles) agaves Espadín, Tepeztate
Mezcalero 4: San Juan del Rio (2011, 852 bottles) agaves Sierra Negra, Tepeztate
Mezcalero 3: Santa Maria la Pila (2011, 780 bottles) agaves Espadín, Mexicano
Mezcalero 2: San Baltazar Guélavila (2010, 636 bottles) agaves Espadín, Tepeztate, Tobalá
Mezcalero 1: San Juan del Rio (2009, 192 bottles) agaves Tepeztate, Tobalá