Mezcalero No. 15Mezcal Oaxaca
This is the stuff! Complex herbaceous and tropical aromas with a soft earthy smoke through the palate that culminates in a long, graceful finish, this is exactly what we are looking for in Oaxaca. Handcrafted by Maestro Don Baltazar Cruz Gonzalez it is made from the Agave Sierra Negra. This particular area, San Luis del Rio, is among the hottest in Oaxaca which draws out plenty of those tropical fruit characteristics in the spirit. Less than 100 cases were produced, there won't be much of this to go around!
Mezcalero was founded because craft methods, artisanal methods, are what they believe in. Artisan mezcal is a world-class spirit, but – recently discovered and increasingly popular – it is on the verge of being corrupted by the commercial force of the marketplace. Many of the best distillers produce tiny batches originally destined for local markets. In the last 50 years, thousands of family distilleries have disappeared. The only way to keep this wonderful craft alive is by making it more widely available… and by paying ongoing attention to maintaining the process uncorrupted.
Karina Abad Rojas of Los Danzantes works closely with these small producers to help them with the complex paperwork required to certify their local mezcals for export.