Del Maguey and its founder Ron Cooper is one of the pioneers of the Mezcal industry. In the mid 90’s Ron was smuggling Mezcal across the border to the US and served it only to friends and family at the beginning. Rather soon the demand exceeded the supply and he decided to do it legally. For many years to come Mezcal remained pretty much unheard of, but the few people that got bitten became preachers, and there is a saying “You don’t choose Mezcal, Mezcal chooses You”, and now You are here.
Del Maguey works with different producers as a collective to showcase the vast variety of flavour within Mezcal and they all stay within the parameters of ancestral or artisanal Mezcal. They also have a range of wild maguey from different producers, these are limited to small batches and unfortunately we don’t get to see too much of it here in Denmark.
|Maguey:||Espadin, Agave Angustifolia Haw|
|Mezcalero:||Florencio Laureano Carlos Sarmiento &Luis Carlos Vasquez|
|Location:||Santa Catarina Minas|
|Elevation:||Roughly 1550 meters|
|Oven:||conical oven underground, fired by wood. Cooking time 4-5 days|
|Milling:||Milled by hand with mallets|
|Fermentation:||Natural fermentation in 1000-1400L Wooden Vats|
|Destillation:||Double Distilled in 100-120L Clay Pots|
|Mixability:||medium to hard|
|Notes:||Another great claypot Mezcal from Santa Catarina Minas. Batch 128 is something of a legend.|