Good Day, Class! Open your Mexican Culture textbooks to the MEZCAL chapter. Today we begin our GRADUATE COURSE on mezcal production, culture, and lore. Presenting today’s Guest Speaker; Ron Cooper of Del Maguey Single Village Mezcals!
Th’ Lip has to keep his school-girl giddy enthusiasm in check as he meets and interviews one of his personal heroes; Ron Cooper. In this epic Tequila Whisperer episode you will travel down to the mezcal capital of the world: Oaxaca, Mexico. We will venture into numerous “palenques” to learn the secrets and romance of “single village” mezcal production.
Ron Cooper (almost) single-handedly brought gourmet mezcal into the U.S. consciousness some 15 years ago. As a classically trained fine artist, Ron recognized the depth, commitment, and honesty with which these Oaxacan “Palenqueros” were plying their trade. He set out to bring this magical “Mother Spirit of Tequila” into the U.S. and he has staked a claim as the Master of Mezcal.
In this omnibus episode, Lippy & Gabe X (his mighty mezcal sidekick) pepper Ron with questions and grill him for information about the secrets of “Single Village” mezcal production. They taste EVERY Del Maguey mezcal currently available – and a few that have an EXTREMELY limited distribution!
Wait – there’s MORE: They even coax Ron into breaking out the “apothecary bottles” of some ‘preview’ mezcals that will be available in the coming months. Do yourself a favor and have a notebook handy as your learn about the different types of mezcal, agaves, and distillation methods required to create a truly magical Oaxacan mezcal. ”Stee-Gee-Bay-O”!
DEL MAGUEY SINGLE VILLAGE MEZCALS TASTED:
– SAN LUIS DEL RIO
– SANTO DOMINGO ALBARRADAS
– CHICHICAPA Crema
– ESPADIN ESPECIAL (created by Del Maguey’s specialty Tobala-making Master Palenquero)*
– CABERNET CASK EDITION (14-yr Chichicapa aged 100 days in Stag’s Leap Cabernet barrel) *
– VIDA “reposado” ( 150-days aged in French Oak)*
(* extremely limited editions – contact Del Maguey for more information about availability)
Purchase all Del Maguey Mezcals online at: http://mezcal.com