Produced in a very remote village in the Mixteca Alta region of Oaxaca this is one of the rarest and most unique mezcal we've had the pleasure of offering you. The roasted Arroqueño and Espadin piñas are milled in a hollowed-out eucalyptus tree, and the still is a hybrid of clay and stainless steel. The resulting spirit is one of complexity and perspicacity. Notes of fresh picked herbs, eucalyptus, minerality, mango, and papaya. This has finesse and a depth that is accessible and will enliven your palate time and time again!
In 1990 New Mexico artist Ron Cooper was working on an art project that involved 50 blue, hand-blown, glass bottles depicting the Aztec God, Ometotchtli. He wanted to fill these with a spirit called “mezcal” he’d encountered during his inspirational journeys to Mexico. Not known in the US at the time, he realized there was something more to this than just the art project. Ron started Del Maguey (del ma-gay) in 1995 to bring the unique Oaxacan culture and spirit he’d experienced, and found inspiration in, to the United States. Working only with individual family palenqueros (producers) dedicated to the ancient, original process, he began to introduce these artisan products to a new audience: one that generally understood mezcal to be “the stuff with the worm in it.” Single-village bottlings represent a purity from place to place, with an expansive, and varied, topography Oaxaca is home to many microclimates and each village gives the liquid its own expression of terroir. Ron’s passion for the culture of Oaxaca, and its native spirit, is infectious, and he is almost singlehandedly responsible for the popularity of artisan mezcal today. Without his efforts many of the brands we have featured in the past would have made their way across the border and onto your home bar.