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VIDA de San Luis Del Rio is an artisanal, Organic Mezcal from Del Maguey, at an entry-level price point and broader availability. Launched in 2010, it is highly mixable and has arrived to much anticipated industry acceptance and high bartender demand.
Del Maguey brings you a special limited edition. Aurelio Gonzalez Tobon is responsible for crafting this beautiful agave spirit. In spite of the fact that Puebla has one of the oldest traditions of distilling maguey in remote villages for centuries, the state just received a DO (Denominacion de Origen), and as such, it is now allowed to legally be called Mezcal. Ron first discovered the spirits of Ameyaltepec over ten years ago.
This Special Edition of 360 bottles made from giant semi-wild, maguey Arroqueño is dedicated to Thor Heyerdahl, Biologist, Explorer and Great Human Being.
Vida de Muertos is a special 45 ABV edition of Vida inspired by the batches of Mezcal that are distilled in autumn by the family of Paciano Cruz Nolasco and shared for the celebration of Dia de los Muertos.
”Our producer of Tobala has offered Del Maguey another rare wild agave – the Tepextate (agave Marmorata) to join our Vino De Mezcal series. This plant has very broad twisted leaves about eight to ten inches wide and grows at high altitude almost vertical out of rocks in the sides of mountains. Tepextate offers a lighter body with a Bright candied fruit nose of banana taffy and spun sugar. The sweetness carries into the palate with notes of passion fruit and marzipan. A light cinnamon note of canela (organic Mexican sugar) lies in the background with floral notes of honeysuckle”
The maguey Papalometl is named in Nahuatl for the butterfly (papalotl), Scientific name: agave Cupreata and looks like a giant Tobala. Distillation takes place in a stainless pot with a clay condensor and Carrizo (Mexican bamboo) tube. Earthy, dark and delicious. The nose is like sinking into a rich leather chair. A palate of leather, slate, a hint of black olive and meatiness. A medium long finish starting with slightly sweet notes of dark dried black cherries that gives way to an earthy, savory mushroom. Enjoy!
Jabali (A. convallis) is a notoriously challenging plant with which to work. At every step of the production process after the roasting the plant will foam due to a high quantity of a checmical compound that naturally occurs in agave. Thus it is no surprise that Del Maguey Wild Jabali comes to us from the talented hands of the producer of our Tobala, Tepextate and Espadin Especial.
Del Maguey brings you this very limited edition Vino de Mezcal series made in the remote Northern Mixteca Alta region of Oaxaca, Mexico. This is the perfect example of the dicho: “You don’t find mezcal. Mezcal finds you.”
Espadin Especial is deliciously floral with a slight note of vanilla, citrus and a tropical note of pineapple with a bit of a caramel or butterscotch. Especial finishes with a saline quality that leaves you salivating for more.
We have created, in Crema, a totally original and natural, single village produced libation.Sip this delicious beverage before, during and after meals. Make a great margarita with nothing other than fresh lime juice. Drizzle it over any fruit or pastry for desert.
Chichicapa has a medium nose and a complex taste with lots of citrus and a long, smooth finish with overtones of mint. The pueblo elevation is 5052 ft. (1540 meters) in a broad valley with a desert and tropical micro-climate.
Pechuga has a nose of basil, lemon, ocean, and fruit. It is almost scotch-like in its smoky taste. And yes, in addition it is salty, very soft, and tastes a wee bit like chicken.
Our Minero from Santa Catarina Minas has a nose full of flower essence, vanilla and figs with a burnt honey flavor and a bit of lemon. Minero is deep and warm, sweet all the way to the finish. One hour beyond the village of Chichicapa and through a mountain pass, one arrives at Santa Catarina Minas.
Del Maguey brings you a special limited edition from our Vino De Mezcal™ series made in lush, remote San Luis del Rio, Oaxaca where the Red Ant river flows.
San Luis Del Rio has a spicy, fruity and smoky nose with a high note of citrus. It is creamy, smooth and warming to the palate with a clean finish. Three hours south of Oaxaca on a two-lane, pot holed highway on route to the Gulf of Tehuantepec is the turnoff to San Luis Del Rio. One takes another 2 hours on a winding, rocky, dirt road. The pueblo is located in a narrow, hot valley, with steep slopes full of Maguey Espadin. The Rio Hormiga Colorada (Red Ant River) flows through it. You may see Paciano Cruz Nolasco, tending his fields. Above the large fields of Maguey, the tops of the mountains are scattered with cornfields, Iguanas crawling across the road, the trees and cactus with Bromeliads growing on them.
Climbing the rugged dirt roads high above San Dionisio Ocotepec, we discover the remote village of Las Milpas, a true example that “you don’t find Mezcal, Mezcal finds you.” Here, nestled among the cornfields overlooking rolling pastures, lies the palenque of Anastacio Cruz Antonio and his sons Rigoberto, Abel and Pedro.
Ron Cooper, Del Maguey Single Village® Mezcal’s founder, and Chef José Andrés, and his team at ThinkFoodGroup, worked collaboratively to create Del Maguey Ibérico, a unique mezcal made with Ibérico de Bellota ham, the legendary ham made of free-range, acorn-fed, black-footed Ibérico pigs from Spain.
In the original 900 bottle edition we had the rare opportunity to taste a crossing of the flavors of tequila Jalisco, and mezcal Oaxaca. Azul has a distinctively creamy mouth feel with bright citrus notes and dried tropical fruit (banana chip). A sweet green herbaceous, wet stone quality appears with a touch of white peppercorn and a medium long finish.
Albarradas has a high light nose with lots of citrus overtones. A bit of roasted pear too. Lots of tropical fruit on the tongue, spicy and woody with a clean dry finish.
Esta edición especial de nuestra serie de Vino De Mezcal está hecho de maguey semi-silvestre se llama Barril y se dedica al notable talento de Florencio, “Don Lencho” Laureano Carlos Sarmiento, nuestro palenquero viejo maestro de ochenta y tres años. El Barril es el más grande y más gordo del Tobaziche, Madre Cuishe, Cirial y Larga familia.
Del Maguey brings you this very limited edition Vino de Mezcal™ series made in a remote mountain valley corner of Ocotlan, Oaxaca. We have worked nine long years to finally make this particular mezcal available. Taviche gets its unique flavor from the blending of three wild agaves; 100% mature unpropigated Espadin, Tobala and Tobasiche. The earth roasted hearts are ground by men using giant mallets, fermented naturally by airborne microbes and distilled slowly twice in a tiny 150 liter copper still. Taviche has many layers of dried sweet fruit (dates and raisins), hazelnuts, sweet cedar and a hint of standing in a chocolate mist. In the background are dark herbaceous hints of dried tarragon and a bit of nutmeg.
In the spring of 2005, Del Maguey founder Ron Cooper and local farmers planted a hectare of young espadin in Teotitlan del Valle. Placed on ancient terraces at the step of the Zapotec village’s sacred mountain, Quie Guia Betz, or Cerro Picacho, the terraces were named Ru’u Dain in Zapotec, or Mouth of the Mountain in English, and Boca del Cerro in Castellano. In exchange for renting the land and providing the raw materials, Ron would control 50% of harvest when plants matured, and the farmers the other 50%.