Ilegal Mezcal Reposado

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Ilegal Mezcal Reposado

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Tlacolula, Oaxaca
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Ilegal Mezcal Reposado

Ilegal Mezcal Reposado is produced from 100% Agave Espadin, and is a small batch artisanal product from Tlacolula, Oaxaca, Mexico. This initial Reposado batch (2010) is limited to 1836 bottles, and is rested approximately four months in medium char American oak barrels. Each bottle is wax sealed, and contains a hand numbered parchment style label.

HISTORY
Ilegal Mezcal, pronounced "eeh-lay-gal", is named from the expeditions of John Rexer, as he smuggled product to his Bohemian Tequila / Mezcal Bar, Cafe No Se, in Antigua, Guatemala. Unable to import his product into the United States using the illegal name "Ilegal", John was forced to import a product essentially with no name to get around the TTB labeling regulations. You'll notice on the close up label photo, "Produced for Ilegal Mezcal", is a smaller font and positioned after "Mezcal Anejo". This creative method of labeling allowed him to bring his Mezcal into the US without changing the name to something less appropriate.

Ilegal Mezcal is entirely handcrafted using Agave Espadin, roasted / baked in a conical earth pit, using both mesquite and eucalyptus wood. The cooked Agave is then crushed by a millstone, and fermented in oak vats. Ilegal Mezcal is then double distilled in small, alembic copper stills. This production is much more of an art than a science, which is the beauty of age-old traditions followed by Oaxaca palenques.

Looking closely at the bottle and label, the colors of the Mexican flag are present, a green wax top and red numbers. Gold embossing was used to reflect the gold of Aztecs and the Spain conquest, and the crucifix was added as a symbol used by both the Aztecs and the conquering Spaniards.

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Ilegal Reposado * Tasted June 2010 * Riedel Tequila Glass

Appearance: dark straw - slow tears
Aroma: light wood and smoke, hints of agave and cinnamon
Initial Taste: buttery agave, smoke
Spirit Body: smoked agave and dried fruit
Finish / Aftertaste: long finish with sweet citrus and smoked chocolate
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This is by far the most pleasant tasting mezcal I have tasted. I find myself wanting to pour a second shot. Truly delicious.
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