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Mezcalero Special Bottling #3

Mezcalero Special Bottling #3 tasting notes


The Mezcalero series just keeps on rolling forward with amazing finds from across Oaxaca. These are all micro releases the way things used to be done so if you get a chance, don’t pass it up.


  • Location: San Juan del Rio
  • Agave: Wild tobala
  • Maestro Mezcalero: Don Rodolfo Juan Juarez
  • ABV: 48.5%
  • Distilled May 2015, released 2017
  • 500 liters produced
  • NOM: O14X
  • Buy it today


The entire Mezcalero series is amazing because it’s the confluence of traditional batch distilling and an exceptional buyer in Ansley Coale. In the video of his tasting notes he calls this the “best tobala in a bottle” which is high praise coming from a man of his palate.

Tasting Notes

I get elegant notes of fresh agave sweetness on the nose and an incredibly focused flavor. The maestro mezcalero Don Rodolfo Juan Juarez must have an exceptionally light touch because there’s a very light body that carries a bracing herbal freshness and almost effervescent minerality that really lights up my palate. There’s nothing to weigh this mezcal down – it has a light lingering flavor that doesn’t stand in the way of another mezcal or bite to eat.

Max co-founded Mezcalistas with Susan way back in 2012. Before that he was a journalist at Salon.com and The San Francisco Chronicle.

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