Community Favorites: Popular Mezcals

Curious what your fellow Distiller users love when it comes to mezcal? These are the most popular this week!
Mar 28, 2017
  • 10
    10 Mezcalero No. 10
    94
    4.0
    4 out of 5 stars
    ( 6 )
    Oily & Fruity
    Mezcalero is a brand of single batch mezcals that Craft Spirits and Los Danzantes created to highlight and encourage the continued craft and beauty these small producers create. Very limited production of each release. #10 is a mezcal of semi wild agave Sierra Negra from the village of San Juan del Rio and distilled by Don Rodolfo Juan Juárez.
  • 9
    9 Real Minero Arroqueño Mezcal
    90
    4.79
    4 out of 5 stars
    ( 6 )
    Earthy & Herbal
    Real Minero Arroqueño is a 100% wild-harvested espadín agave mezcal. This mezcal is produced using traditional methods. The agave is baked in earthen pits before being fermented in the open air in wooden tubs. Finally it is distilled through a series of earthenware pots. It is unaged.
  • 8
    8 El Jolgorio Tobalá Mezcal
    96
    4.7
    4 out of 5 stars
    ( 26 )
    Fruity & Sweet
    This mezcal is distilled from 100% agave tobalá which grow semi-wild. The agave are harvested after 12 years and pit-roasted in the traditional manner. The roasted "piñas" or hearts of the agave plants are crushed using a mule-drawn tahona before the juices are open fermented. This mezcal is double-distilled and produced in Matatlan, Oaxaca by Mezcalero Gregorio Martinez Jarquin. This is released in small batches due to sustainable practices conserving the wild agave plants as well as the scarcity and size of the tobalá plants. It only grows in high altitudes in the shade of oak trees and is relatively small in size.
  • 7
    7 El Jolgorio Arroqueño Mezcal
    97
    4.66
    4 out of 5 stars
    ( 14 )
    Fruity & Sweet
    This mezcal is distilled from 100% Agave Americana -- commonly known as arroqueño -- which grow semi-wild in Miahuatlan, Oaxaca. The agave are harvested after 14 years and pit-roasted in the traditional manner. The roasted piñas are crushed using a mule-drawn tahona before the juices are open fermented. This mezcal is double-distilled and produced in small batches due to sustainable practices in conserving wild agave plants. Arroqueño is known for its enormous size and long ripening period -- as long as 30 years.
  • 6
    6 Mezcal El Silencio Espadín
    87
    3.7
    3 out of 5 stars
    ( 42 )
    Earthy
    This is the second release from El Silencio following up their Joven ensemble bottling. It is meant as more of an introductory bottling and is priced accordingly. Made from 100% espadín, this is distilled in San Baltazar Guelavila, Oaxaca and made by Master Mescalier Pedro Hernandez. It is produced traditionally with agaves roasted in a mesquite-lined pit and the agaves are crushed by a horse-drawn tahona. Natural fermentation is allowed and the mezcal is double-distilled in copper pot stills.
  • 5
    5 Mezcal El Silencio Joven
    89
    3.78
    3 out of 5 stars
    ( 10 )
    Herbal & Earthy
    The brand Mezcal El Silencio is named after the bar in the movie "Mulholland Drive." El Silencio Joven was released in Los Angeles in late summer of 2013. The Joven is a blend of three types of agave: mexicáno (aka rhodacantha), tobasiche (aka karwinskii), and espadín (angustifolia). It is a Oaxacan product made by Master Mezcalier Pedro Hernandez and is distilled in copper pot-stills. It is unaged and bottled at 80 proof.
  • 4
    4 Mezcal Amarás Cupreata
    90
    3.84
    3 out of 5 stars
    ( 17 )
    Herbal & Rich
    Released in the summer of 2015, this is a mezcal produced with 100% agave cupreata (aka papalote). The agaves are sourced from the slopes of the Sierra Madre del Sur mountain range and distilled in the village of Mazatlán in the state of Guerrero. Natural fermentation takes place in open pine vats and this is double-distilled in a copper pot-still. Unaged, this is bottled at 86 proof.
  • 3
    3 Del Maguey Tobalá Mezcal
    90
    4.33
    4 out of 5 stars
    ( 33 )
    Earthy & Smoky
    This 100% tobalá agave mezcal produced in the state of Oaxaca. The tobalá maguey is found growing wild in the highest altitude canyons in the rocky soil beneath oak trees. It is smaller and broader leafed than the other agave used for mezcal and takes about eight tobalá piñas (agave hearts) to equal one piña from the more commonly propagated and cultivated magueys. Produced in the traditional manner by open-vat fermentation, adding the fibers along with the fermented juice (agaumiel) to the copper pot-still. This mezcal is unaged and bottled at 94 proof.
  • 2
    2 Montelobos Espadín Mezcal Joven
    87
    3.93
    3 out of 5 stars
    ( 152 )
    Smoky & Salty
    Montelobos (mountain of wolves) is an unaged mezcal produced from organic espadín agave. The agaves are sourced from Loma Larga in Santiago Matatlán Oaxaca. After roasting for 5-7 days in a volcanic stone pit, the agaves are crushed with a tahona and allowed to naturally ferment. Montelobos was created by Dr. Iván Saldaña and is produced by 5th generation mezcalero, Don Abel Lopez.
  • 1
    1 Del Maguey Chichicapa Mezcal
    94
    4.46
    4 out of 5 stars
    ( 158 )
    Rich & Sweet
    Driving through the villages, in the mountains of Oaxaca, Mexico you'll come across several "palenques" or distilleries each telling a tale. The stories coming out of their stills are of a particular place: the soil, the elevation, the growing seasons, the species of agave as well as the skill and sensibilities of the mezcalero (distiller). The Del Maguey “Chichicapa" comes from the valley floor of the village of Chichicapa, made entirely from agave espadín and hand-crafted by Faustino Garcia Vasquez.