Mezcal Bozal Limited Release Jabali
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Village: Sola De Vega
State: Oaxaca, Mexico
Distillery (Palenque): NOM-O472X
Mezcal Bozal Jabali is a limited release, ancestrally produced Mezcal utilizing wild harvested Maguey Jabali. Known for its difficulty to work with and taking between 16 to 18 years to reach full maturity, it takes an expert eye to know how to select the right Jabali Agave and expert knowledge on how to produce an exemplary batch of Jabali Mezcal. Jabali is also a very small Agave with a small yield which means it is even harder to source enough of them to produce a single batch. During fermentation and distillation, this agave foams and expands, with risk of the liquid exploding out of the seams of the still. This agave is distinctly wild and considered to produce the most exotic of all mezcals, resulting in a complex and bright palate with green, vegetal and spice notes.
Bozal is a family produced Mezcal. The families behind each production comes from a rich heritage of creating Mezcal; most are now in their 4th generation. Even within the Bautista family (main Maestro's producing for Bozal) the wife of Don Bautista (matriarch of the family and a lover of Mezcal herself) gets involved in the process, checking part of the fermentation and distillation. Mezcal is such an integral part of the lives of the Bozal Mezcaleros and families that even the son in law and cousins are involved in production; some family members were even able to return back to their home town to be involved after having to work in the U.S. Majority of the Maestro's and families speak Mixteco, an indigenous language of the region which is even rarer to come by than the Zapotec dialect. Therefore, they say Salud or Ko'o (drink) rather than Dixeebe.
"On the steep precarious hillsides of Oaxaca, Guerrero and Durango varieties of agave, indigenous to the region, grow wild and are heavily sought after by the local mezcaleros. These varietals produce flavours that are exotically intense, with rich earth tones and savoury smokiness. From the heart of the maguey these flavours are traditionally extracted to produce mezcal that is wildly refined. Because we at Bozal believe that something wild produces a far richer spirit."