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.” We met Don Roberto going down a canyon lush with wild agaves in the middle of nowhere. He was out deer hunting with some friends many hours on foot from their village. Four hours back on our rocky, dirt road we were told about the village of Rio Minas but looking at a map it was obvious that it was a three hour detour on an even worse road, so we passed. Now four hours later we ran into this group of hunters all armed with rifles. We asked if they know of the mezcal of Rio Minas and Don Roberto laughed. He motioned to a buddy and the guy passed a half-liter plastic water bottle with an incredible mezcal inside made by the man standing in front of us. A bright sweet nose of papaya and ripe peaches gives way to a lightly sweet and very floral palate like carrying a bouquet of roses and violets. Rio Minas palate ends with pepper notes and an herbal component of Hoja Santa and eucalyptus resulting in a refreshing finish.
Created from high altitude agave grown on the lands of Master Tequilero, Arq. Enrique Fonseca, near Atotonilco in the highlands. Cooked, crushed, fermented, and distilled at his ABV Tequileña distillery in the town of Tequila. No immature agave, no non-agave fermentation sugars, no diffuser, and no additives were used in the production of this tequila.
Bozal Borrego is a limited release. This mezcal is made with wild agave Castilla, which is a close relative to agave Espadin. Similar to a Pechuga, during the second distillation, a leg of lamb, in addition to seasonal wild fruits and grains harvested from the local market, are suspended inside the bottom of the still in a basket. These wild fruits include strawberries, apples and pineapple, while additional ingredients consist of pecans and ginger. This mezcal is heavily viscous. It is fruity, but balanced with notes of citrus and finish of smoked lamb.
Código 1530 Rosa begins with the purity of the Blanco, which is then
gently rested for 1 month in uncharred, French White Oak barrels,
which have held the best cabernet wine in Napa Valley. The result is a
refined spirit that is as beautiful in color as it is on the palate. It is
delicious when sipped on its own or enjoyed in a cocktail. The Rosa has
rested just long enough in our fine cabernet barrels to enrich the natural agave
juice, yet not too long to prevent overpowering its delicate floral notes.
Código 1530 Rosa is best enjoyed on ice, in a Rosa Martini or in a fresh Rosa Margarita.
Corralejo Blanco is a 100% blue agave tequila bottled straight from the still at 38%. It's a pure distillation of fruity agave creating a rich and characterful spirit despite its lack of aging.