• Location: Mazatlán, Guerrero
  • Agave: A. cupreata – Cupreata.
  • Maestro Mezcalero: Obregón family
  • ABV: 47%
  • Tasting Keywords: Herbal and vegetal.
  • NOM: F369D

Nose

The color green on the label does not lie – the Legendario Domingo Guerrero comes at you like a bouquet of fresh herbs and vegetables straight from the farmer’s market. There is sage and celery, epazote and cilantro, but it’s the mix of all of them that leaves the biggest impression.

Tasting notes

Can you taste the color green? This bottle appears to answer that question in the affirmative with an almost overwhelming herbaceousness in the mouth that lingers without washing out your palate.

Method

Roasted underground with tepehuaje and encino wood. Crushed in a mechanical mill, spontaneous fermentation with wild yeasts, double distilled in a copper alembic with a conical montera.

Background

The Legendario Domingo Guerrero that will soon be arriving in the US was distilled by the Obregón Family and is certified. Look for it in North and South California in the spring of 2020. Note that Mexico and the US will receive different bottles of the Legendario Domingo Guerrero: In Mexico the mezcal comes from the Alcaraz family in Tlanipatla and is currently uncertified.

I was curious about Legendario Domingo’s distinctive labels. They definitely stand out and reflect the papel picado traditions at fiestas. Saenger told me that “the idea was to reflect Mexico but I did not want to do it with those traditional designs sometimes you see in old tequila bottles or with a borrachito sitting next to a Sahuaro with a hat, so we found that using the “papel picado” we were giving a true and fresh design to the labels. Each one reflects part of the Mexican culture at the fiestas, guitars with music, piñatas with the full celebration, jars for mezcal.”