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Ansley Coale Tag

In goat shit, to be precise. Take a look at the video below where Craft Distillers' Ansley Coale introduces Mezcalero Special #4 with the full story on how you pull great aging characteristics from mezcal. It's a blend of espadín and wild bicuixe but it's also aged for six months in a pile of goat shit which, he claims, contributes to the balance in the mezcal. That's a tradition that I've seen in Michoacan and always thought was just an easy way of keeping the mezcal out of people's hands and out of the light so that it could rest but Ansley mentions another potential factor, heat generated from the manure.

The Los Nahuales Special Edition No. 1 is the first and, hopefully only the first, in a series of special editions from one of the longest standing and most prominent mezcal brands in the United States. Los Nahuales Special Edition No. 1The details: - Location: Santiago Matatlán - Agave: 41.3% wild cuishe Agave karwinskii and 58.7% Sierrudo, a type of Agave americano. - Maestro Mezcalero: Karina Abad - Quantity: 1520 bottles. The majority only available through K&L Wines. 720 bottles are distributed by Craft Distillers - Distillation Date: April/May 2015 - ABV: 48% - NOM: O14X       The background: This is the fruit of another of those mezcal world happenstances. While hanging out at Marco Polo with Karina Abad who manages Los Danzantes’ entire production Ansley Coale and K&L Wines’ David Driscoll cooked up the idea of Karina doing a batch all on her own. The rest is in the bottle but you can get a portion of the foreshadowing and narrative in Driscoll’s blogging about that trip.

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