Mezcalero Special Bottling No. 5 is distilled in Durango by mezcalero Don Rubén Solis Lozano from wild cenizo (Agave durangensis). The agaves were harvested in thin rocky soil at high altitude, mesquite-roasted in an underground stone oven, crushed by hand, and then fermented in a wood-covered underground pit using wild yeasts. Finally it was double distilled in a 300-liter copper potstill with a wooden cap and dual condensers. This mezcal was bottled in August of 2019.
Mezcalero Mezcal Each Mezcalero bottling is true to the fundamental batch nature of artisan Mezcal production. Each bottling is distilled from a single integral batch of agaves that are at least 50% wild or semi-wild, and usually 100%. These “silvestre” agaves take a lot of work to harvest: searching for days in the mountains, packing the agaves back on burros. After that, it takes a month of continuous labor to produce a single batch of Mezcalero, usually 600-700 bottles. Mezcalero is both a brand and an intention. The brand is a way for talented artisan distillers to work with, and gain part of their livelihood from, some very special agaves. The intention goes deeper: to help preserve a way of distilling that is also a way of life, deeply linked to the distiller’s family, to his social environs, to his pueblo, to an entire way of life largely deriving from indigenous culture that is at risk of rapid deterioration under pressure from the modernization of Mexico.