Mezcales de Leyenda presents the first edition of the series: ‘Cementerio Mezcalero’ (Mezcal Graveyard), a collection of mezcales aged in glass that honors an old tradition often related to small comunities, in which some of the best ’mezcales’ are aged in glass containers, generally underground, to be later unearthed for family celebrations such as birthdays, weddings, and baptisms.
The ‘desentierros mezcaleros‘ or mezcal unearthing, traditionally take place in Tzitzio, Michoacán, during the month of November, for the celebration of ‘Día de Muertos’, Day of the Dead.
Don Guadalupe Pérez
With this edition, we wish to specially recognize Don Guadalupe Pérez, who besides recovering this antique tradition in his home town of Tzitzio, Michoacán, carefully crafted this delicious mezcal, and aged during 9 months in a glass demijohn, three feet under earth, which accentuates its sweet and aged flavours.
Mezcal Artesanal Blanco
100% Agave / A. americana sahuayensis
48% Alc.Vol. / 750mL
Cementerio Mezcalero Edition 2016
Aged in glass
Production 435 bottles
Aroma: lactic qualites, roasted chestnuts and dried fruit
Flavors: buttery notes with mild smoke with a high acidity and a long finish
Agave americana sahuayensis
The Agave americana sahuayensis grows in western Michoacán, close to Jiquilpan and Sahuayo. It is a large agave, sometimes measures up to 2 m. height and 80 to 200lbs. It features a graceful undulated profile and an elegant greenish grey color.
Water: fresh local stream water
Aged in glass during 9 months
Cooked in a conical lava rock pit for 4 days
Fermentation: ground level wooden oak tanks with all natural airborne yeasts
Distillation: in a copper alembic still with pine wood hat
“All the Special editions of Mezcales de Leyenda are related to a social cause, with ’Cementerio Mezcalero’, we will donate a significant portion of the proceeds for tourism equipment of Tzitzio, Michoacán in order to promote the ‘desentierros mezcaleros’ (mezcal unearthing) traditionally held during the celebration of ‘Día de Muertos‘, (Day of the Dead).”