This is part of our ongoing series of stories on the issues of sustainability in mezcal. Don Balbino, a third generation mezcalero, used blue tequilana grown in the Mixteca Poblana to make mezcal, but the possibility of finding the mountain
The Los Nahuales Special Edition No. 1 is the first and, hopefully only the first, in a series of special editions from one of the longest standing and most prominent mezcal brands in the United States. The details: - Location: Santiago Matatlán - Agave: 41.3% wild cuishe Agave karwinskii and 58.7% Sierrudo, a type of Agave americano. - Maestro Mezcalero: Karina Abad - Quantity: 1520 bottles. The majority only available through K&L Wines. 720 bottles are distributed by Craft Distillers - Distillation Date: April/May 2015 - ABV: 48% - NOM: O14X The background: This is the fruit of another of those mezcal world happenstances. While hanging out at Marco Polo with Karina Abad who manages Los Danzantes’ entire production Ansley Coale and K&L Wines’ David Driscoll cooked up the idea of Karina doing a batch all on her own. The rest is in the bottle but you can get a portion of the foreshadowing and narrative in Driscoll’s blogging about that trip.