Mezcalero No. 17

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Mezcalero No. 17, 750ML

Mezcalero No. 17 is a limited edition mezcal that was hand-distilled in March 2014 by Cirilo Hernandez in San Baltazar Guélavila. This mezcal was aged in glass before bottling in June 2015. It was made from the wild & very rare Agave de Lumbre, which was blended at roasting with agave Espadín. In total, there were 1104 bottles released at 48% ABV. This mezcal is very round and mellow with similar caramel notes to those mezcals or tequilas that are barrel aged.

Technical Specifications:

MEZCALERO: Cirilo Hernandez
AGAVE: Espadin, Lumbre
DISTILLATION: Double distilled in Copper
Joven, Rested in Glass
REGION: Oaxaca
VILLAGE: San Baltazar


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 “silvestran” 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.