Mezcalero is a collaboration between Ansley Coale of Craft Distillers, Destilería Los Danzantes and a handful of individual artisan distillers, often from remote villages in Oaxaca. First released in 2011, Mezcalero seeks to preserve the craft of small-batch Mezcal production by making the fruits of this labor-intensive spirit more widely available.
Introducing Mezcalero Mezcal
Using both wild and semi-wild agaves, the growers of Mezcalero work with a number of varieties, including Arroqueño, Bicuishe, Madrecuishe, Dobadàn, Sierra Negra, Tepeztate and Tobalà. After harvest, the family distilleries responsible for production employ a wide range of traditional techniques, like roasting agave in open fire pits and crushing the cooked agave with long-handled wooden mallets.
The mosto is fermented in small wooden vats using native yeasts, before being double-distilled in small pot stills, which are either made from copper or clay. Each batch produced is often only comprised of 800-1,000 bottles.