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The last of the world’s great undiscovered spirits. Mezcal is distilled from the agave, an unusually complex, flavorful, and interesting form of life giving talented distillers a lot to work with.

Artisan mezcal distillers keep the agave solids in the still; tequila producers don’t. Well-made artisan mezcal is richer, more complex, than any tequila.

We carry only artisan mezcals, most of them made in tiny family distilleries in remote pueblos.  Making artisan mezcals is slow, old-fashioned, labor-intensive. These mezcals  get their flavor from the agave itself, from the soil and climate where the agave was grown, from local and regional traditions of how to roast, ferment, and distill.

 

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Los Nahuales

Founded in 1998 by Jaime and Gustavo Muñoz to supply their wonderful Oaxacan restaurant with an authentic local spirit. They refurbished an old distillery in Santiago Matatlan, the epicenter of artisan mezcal distillation.

Los Nahuales mezcal is made in small old-fashioned double-distillation pot stills. Mezcals from the agave espadín are full-flavored and sweet. The Los Nahuales roasting pit is fired with mesquite, adding a smoky richness.

Los Nahuales is exactly the same as the mezcals sold as Los Danzantes in Mexico. The trade name  Los Danzantes could not be used in the USA because of trademark issues.


  • LOS NAHUALES Special Edition no. 4

    LOS NAHUALES Special Edition #4

    One of the finest mezcals ever distilled, a single batch of espadin (agave angustifolia) from March, 2013.  The extraordinary quality of the batch was recognized when it came from the still.  Matured in glass for five years, deepening and stabilizing its rich complexity.  Unreal product

    750 ml / 49% abv

    $105.00

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  • LOS NAHUALES mezcal blanco (joven)

    No blanco tequila can stand up to it.  Artisan distillation 100% from the agave espadín. Amazingly full, rich and sweet.

    750 ml / 47% abv

    $62.00

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  • LOS NAHUALES mezcal reposado

    Artisan distillation 100% from the agave espadín.  The French Tronçais oak used for the Reposado lends a lovely softness. The finish is graceful and long.

    750 ml / 42% abv

    $74.00

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  • LOS NAHUALES mezcal anejo

    Artisan distillation 100% from the agave espadin.  Over one year in French Tronçais oak. Beautifully and gracefully mature. Soft, gentle, lingering finish. Very scarce.

    750 ml / 45.2% abv

    $115.00

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  • LOS NAHUALES METODO ANTIGUO (blanco)

    Made the authentic pre-NORMA way by adding first-run tail cuts (codas) to bring the mezcal to bottling proof.  Flowery and complex. Lovely mezcal

    750 ml / 47.8 % abv

    $72.00

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  • LOS NAHUALES Still Proof (2nd release)

    Limited bottling: an undiluted ensamble of 40% wild jabalí, very difficult to distill, blended with a complex espadín. Beautiful harmony of feral intensity and espadín's rich suavity. Only one bottle per order

    750 ml / 53% abv

    $120.00

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  • LOS NAHUALES Special Edition #3

    One-time distillation by Karina Abad of two wild agaves, wild tobalá (48%) and tepeztate, blended with mountain-grown espadín and the rare sierrudo. Supremely complex and balanced: genuinely superb.  Tasty, rich, nicely balanced.  

    750 ml / 47% abv

    $105.00

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  • LOS NAHUALES Special Edition no. 2

    One-time distillation of a blend of wild cirial, a variant of cuishe (agave karwinskii), and mountainside espadin (agave espadin) by Joel Antonio Juan and Karina Abad, director of production for Los Nahuales, Alipus, and Mezcalero.  Tasty, rich, nicely balanced.

    750 ml / 48% abv

    $84.00

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Alipus

Variation in soils, climate, and altitude (terroir) as expressed in mezcals from a single species of agave, the agave espadín. Alipus mezcals are distilled in artisanal family distilleries located in remote Oaxacan pueblos. The agaves are wood-roasted in hornos (conical below-ground ovens), then slow-crushed in stone mills. Fermentation is with native yeasts in open wooden vats; the liquids and solids are then double-distilled in small wood-fired copper potstills.


  • Alipus San Juan del Rio XX anniversary edition

    Single-batch from wild agaves, to celebrate 20 years of Alipus, the first exported mezcal with a social motive. San Juan was the first Alipus producer.

    750 ml / 48% abv

    $120.00

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  • Alipus Santa Ana del Rio XX Anniversary edition

    single-batch using wild agaves, to celebrate 20 years of Alipus, the first exported mezcal with a social motive. Santa Ana's population is 376. You have to wade across the river to get to the destilería.

    750 ml / 48% abv

    $120.00

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  • Alipus ENSAMBLE from San Andres

    A richer version of a favorite Alipus: this blend contains about 20% semi-wild bicuishe. Don Valente Angel's agaves grow at about 5000 feet on thin calciferous-soiled low hills and terraces. He ferments his agaves in cypress. Very complex: the madrecuishe adds elegance and finesse. Limit 2 bottles per customer.

    750 ml / 43.7% abv

    $65.00

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  • Alipus San Andres

    Fermented in cypress vats & distilled by Don Valente Angel from agave Espadin grown at about 5000 feet on thin calciferous-soiled low hills and terraces. Complex, rich, intensely floral.

    750 ml / 44% abv

    $50.00

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  • Alipus San Baltazar Guelavila

    Fermented in pine vats & distilled by Don Cosme Hernandez from agave Espadin grown at about 5700 feet in hilly, white, & rocky soil. Delicate and fruity, slightly sweet.  Fruity and delicate. Limited amount of bottles available. Limit 2 bottles per customer.

    750 ml / 44% abv

    $50.00

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  • Alipus San Juan del Rio

    fermented in oak vats & distilled by Don Rodolfo Cruz Gonzales from non-irrigated agave Espadín grown in sunny mountain-top plantings in ferriferous soil at 4600 feet. Fruity, rich, smokey, pleasantly sweet.

     
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    750 ml / 44% abv

    $50.00

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  • Alipus San Luis del Rio

    fermented in pine vats & distilled by Don Baltazar Cruz Gomez from agave Espadín grown at about 4000 feet in steep and sandy soils. The day-time temperature is very hot: lots of flavor in the ripened agaves.  Spicy, round, and soft.

     

    750 ml / 47% abv

    $50.00

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  • Alipus San Miguel de Sola – Don Leonardo Rojas, Don Jesus Rios, Don Felix Garcia

    Small Batch. Fermented in pine vats; distilled in clay pots from agave Espadín (80%) and Arroqueño (20%) grown in thin, steep, ferriferous soils at about 6000 feet in the coastal Sierra west of Sola de Vega. Intense, complex, floral, with the distinctive soft mouthfeel that comes from distillation in clay. We only have 12 bottles available. Limit 2 bottles per customer.

    750 ml / 47% abv

    $72.00

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  • Alipus Santa Ana del Rio

    Fermented in pine vats & distilled by Don Eduardo Hernandez from agave Espadín at about 5200 feet in mountainous, white, & very rocky soil. Unusually cleanly distilled; soft and lightly fruity.

    750 ml / 47% abv

    $50.00

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Mezcalero

Unique one-time bottlings distilled at least 50% from wild or semi-wild agaves. A batch is 6-700 bottles only. It takes a month of work to produce one batch.

The fundamental reason for this collaboration between Craft Distillers (who conceived the brand) and  Los Danzantes (who coordinates production of and bottles the mezcal) is to keep something wonderful going that is at risk of disappearing. Many of these gifted family distillers find it increasingly hard to make a living by selling to local markets. They deserve a wider audience, and to achieve sustainable productivity,  artisan production of mezcal is crushed under the weight of commercial interest, as happened for example in Cognac.

Each bottling is something genuinely special.  The price is held down to allow affordable enjoyment of the best mezcals in production.

“The Mezcalero series is without a doubt the finest collection of mezcals I’ve ever tasted. Nothing from Del Maguey or any other bottler even comes close” – David Driscoll, K&L Wines.


  • Mezcalero no. 21

    Hand -distilled by Baltazar Cruz in San Luis del Rio using wild cirial, tepextate, and tobalá. Tobalá and tepextate form a deep and rich blend; adding cirial (a scarce Karwinskii) brings a beautiful balancing acidity. A great mezcal, rested 2+ years.

    750 ml / 48% abv

    $96.00

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  • Mezcalero no. 23

    Hand-distilled August 2015 by Don Cosmé Hernández and his son Cirilo San Baltazar Guélavila from 100% wild Sierrudo, which in this case is not the agave Americana but a local name for a cousin of agave Mexicana. San Baltazar's usual soft delicate touch, rich fruit deepened by almost four years in tank

    750 ml / 46% abv

    $96.00

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Animas

Eber Villalobos has been in the mezcal trade for 11 years. He decided to use his knowledge to produce a genuinely excellent mezcal- no bells & whistles, no overblown hype; just the real thing.
Animas is focused on the rare wild agave cupreata, called papalometl where Animas sources it. Animas distills a 100% papalometl, a truly gorgeous espadin, and a rich ensamble of the two. Everything is done as it should be, or better. This is great mezcal.


  • ANIMAS Ensamble

    Joven (blanco).  Beautifully distilled blend of agaves cupreata and espadin.  Herbal & fruity minerality

    750 ml / 48% abv

    $92.00

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  • ANIMAS Espadin

    Joven (blanco). What blanco espadin should be.  Serious mezcal.

    750 ml / 44% abv

    $52.00

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  • ANIMAS Papalometl

    Joven (blanco). Scarce.  100% wild agave cupreata sourced in the Mixteca, which yields memorable mezcals with the characteristic hint of copper.

    750 ml / 48% abv

    $120.00

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