About Mezcal de Leyendas Maguey Cenizo Durango
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.
Mezcal Durango is produced by Ventura Gallegos in the valleys of Durango from the native agave durangensis that grow on the local slopes. Dry and hot conditions and lava rocks make up the terroir that defines this agave and gives it its unique characteristics. The piñas are harvested once the plant has reached maturity, which takes from 10 to 14 years. These are then roasted in a lava-rock lined pit, open-air fermented, and double-distilled using a copper still with an oak hat. Fragrant, rich, fruity, and subtly smoky, this mezcal is bottled at 94 proof.
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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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