About Mezcal de Leyendas Grandes Leyendas
Mezcal de Leyendas
Grandes Leyendas is the first release in this exclusive series that honors great maestro mezcaleros over the age of 70. It's created by Maestro Mezcalero Don Anastacio who has over 60 years of mezcal-making experience and began learning the art of the craft at a tender age of 12 years from his father. This artisanal mezcal blanco is crafted from agave cupreata that grows wild in the deciduous forests in northern Guerrero. The process begins with fresh local stream water and the agave is crushed by hand, fermented in small oak wooden vats before distillation in copper alembic stills. The result are mellow aromas of mature tropical fruits, orange blossom, and light smoke that develop into rich flavors of bittersweet chocolate and orange peel on the palate.
Mezcal de Leyendas is focused on bringing artisanal mezcals using rare and unique agaves from different regions within Mexico. Instead of focusing on one particular type, their aim is to use the most prevalent agaves from each region allowing them to guide the consumer across the entire DO of mezcal. These are sourced from diverse regions, highlighting the local terroir as well as showcasing the skills of local Maestros Mezcaleros. Each region ― be it Durango, Guerrero, Oaxaca, Puebla, or San Luis Potosi ― features one master producer of mezcal.
But they do far more than just that. In 2005 they opened the first Mexico City establishment that only sells artisanal mezcal helping spark the boom we see in mezcal today. They organize festivals and work to help the industry grow, educate, and take part in projects that deal with sustainability and fair trade ― both crucial aspects of securing a bright future for the famous Mexican spirits.
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Mezcal is a distilled spirit made from roasted agave plants between two days and two weeks, which gives it a distinct smokey flavor.
What scotch is for whisk(e)y, mezcal is for tequila.
It can be made from different types of agave in different parts of Mexico, but most of it (60%) comes from the state of Oaxaca. Mezcal offers a large diversity of flavor profiles and ranges between 40 and 55% ABV.
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