Del Maguey is a name that all fans of Mezcal hold in very high regard. They are one of few producers that treat Mezcal with the respect it deserves, creating single village expressions of incredible quality and flavour, through ancient and indigenous processes.
Established in 1995 by Ron Cooper, Del Maguey has risen to become a highly sought-after, innovative producer, whose Mezcal sits along the top shelves of many top bars. The traditional roasting methods used, along with double distillation in wood-fired copper stills, gives the Del Maguey Mezcal a beautiful smoked character, typical of the finest distillates from the Oaxaca region.
VIDA is Del Maguey's entry level Mezcal - if an organic, single-village, artisanal Mezcal can be called 'entry level!' It comes from the village of San Luis del Rio, where the Espadin agave has been slowly roasted in covered earth 'ovens' for 3-8 days, before mashing and fermentation. It is a wonderfully fruit-forward Mezcal, showing the typically earthen, smokiness that defines these wonderful spirits. Delightful to sip, but also great in cocktails. A delicious and versatile Mezcal.
100% Espadin Agave. Village: San Luis del Rio, Oaxaca. Roasted for 3-8 days, before mashing and fermentation. Twice distilled in woodfired copper stills.
Another masterpiece out of San Luis del Rio, it has a nose of fruit aromatics, a hint of honey, vanilla and roast agave; the palate offers ginger, cinnamon, burnt sandalwood, banana and tangerine, with a long, soft finish. Viva VIDA!
ULTIMATE SPIRITS CHALLENGE 2019
A beguiling mix of shoe leather, baked fruit, and barbecue introduce this quintessential mezcal. In tasting the flavors are expertly balanced undulating between intense pit fire and tropical citrus. Stimulating on its own but also a superb mixer.'
The nose opens with the expected smoke, follows with roasted agave, tobacco, and well-worn (and recently ridden) saddle leather, and finishes with a hit of white pepper. On the palate the smoke is initially veiled by roasted fruit (think grilled grapefruit brushed with brown sugar and orange juice), cinnamon spice and hint of salinity underpinned by a welcome oiliness. The smoke and tobacco return for an after-dinner cigar on the finish.'
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
The fruit-forward, easy sipping Del Maguey VIDA is an approachable introduction to the spirit.'