Del Maguey Vida Mezcal
- Joven Mezcal
- Mexico, 700ml
"The nose opens with the expected smoke, follows with roasted agave, tobacco, saddle leather and finishes with a hit of white pepper. On the palate the smoke is initially veiled by roasted fruit (think grilled grapefruit brushed with brown sugar and orange juice), cinnamon spice and hint of salinity underpinned by a welcome oiliness. The smoke and tobacco return for an after-dinner cigar on the finish." Ron Bechtol
- Distillery: Del Maguey Distillery (Pernod Ricard)
- Type: Joven Mezcal
- Region: Oaxaca, Mexico
- Alcohol: 42%
- Volume: 750ml
- Other: Espadín Agave
- Goes with: Neat or over ice, premium soda
Introduced in 2010, Del Maguey Vida Mezcal is an artisanal single-village organic mezcal made from espadín agaves. These agaves are harvested from the village of San Luis del Rio in Oaxaca. Roasting of the agaves lasts for 3-8 days followed by an 8-10 day wild fermentation. The mezcal is twice distilled in wood-fired copper stills. Bottled at 84 proof.
Espadín Agave, prized for its rapid 6-8-year maturation, Espadín is the main cultivate used in mezcal production in the state of Oaxaca. Growing to a height of 6-8ft and in a variety of soils and elevations, it produces a wide range of flavours, from fruity and spicy to herbaceous and earthy.
A Mythic Elixir
Hand-crafted by individual Zapotec and Mixtec farmer-families, Del Maguey introduced artisanal mezcal to the world in 1995 and celebrates the traditions of ancestral villages that give each unique expression its own rich, sweet and smoky character. A taste of place.
Del Maguey (pronounced ma–gay) Single Village Mezcal was founded in 1995, and they’ve been one of the most innovative and trail-blazing international spirits brands since.
Their founder, Ron Cooper, is largely credited for the current growing popularity of Mezcal on the international market. His dedication to Mezcal and the country of Mexico, where Del Maguey is produced, has helped to dispel many of the worm-in-bottle and other negative stereotypes that surrounded Mezcal for years.
Del Maguey is produced in several different small villages throughout the states of Oaxaca and Puebla, Mexico. Each release comes from a single village and many expressions are made with agave sub-varieties that are endemic only to the isolated mountain regions where they are produced.
Every product in their collection is made by individual family palenqueros (producers) in old-style villages. The families making this Mezcal have been doing so for generations, and they utilize the knowledge that has been passed down from those before them.
All Del Maguey is made using the same traditional Zapotec handmade practices that have been used in Mezcal production for hundreds of years.
Del Maguey Timeline:
1970 - A VW Van and a Mission
Visual artist Ron Cooper and his friends venture south from Los Angeles to answer the question, “does the Pan-American Highway really exist?” On the journey Ron experiences Oaxaca for the first time.
1985 - Mezcal Blows Ron's Mind
Traditionally made mezcal found Ron and blew his mind. He returns to Oaxaca and embarks on an epic adventure to meet the artisans who craft this magical spirit.
1995 - Hello World
Del Maguey Single Village® Mezcal company is launched, artisanal mezcal is brought out of the shadows and introduced to friends, family, and the world.
2020 - Celebrating 25 Years
Del Maguey celebrates a quarter century of pioneering the mezcal revolution, introducing this mythic elixir to artistic souls with open arms.
- 85/100 Points - Wine Mag
- 84/100 Points - Ron Bechtol, Distiller
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