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Del Magueyis pleased to announce the launch of Del Maguey Vida de Muertos as the newest expression within the portfolio. Del Maguey Vida de Muertos is an artisanal, twice distilled mezcal with an ABV of 45%, giving it a uniquely creamy texture and long complex finish. Inspired by the deeply rooted tradition of creating special mezcal in celebration of Día de los Muertos, Vida de Muertos is made by the Cruz Nolasco family, father Paciano and son Marcos, in the village of San Luis del Río, Oaxaca, using the artisanal methods passed down through generations.
This exceptional mezcal is handcrafted using fully mature Espadín agave. Vida de Muertos has an aromatic nose of tropical fruit with hints of warming spice, a creamy texture with floral notes, green herbs, and poblano peppers, and a long complex finish. Sipped and savored neat or used in an elegant cocktail, Del Maguey Vida de Muertos is a unique expression that unites the portfolio.
Known for its affordability, excellence in cocktails, and its ability to be enjoyed neat, Del Maguey Vida is a single village mezcal from San Luis del Río that is often an entry point into the mezcal category. The Core Single Village Series offers multiple nuanced mezcal expressions at higher ABVs which range in flavor and are best enjoyed sipped neat. Each are named for the remote villages where they are made by palenqueros (makers) throughout Oaxaca and Puebla, Mexico. Del Maguey Vida de Muertos unites the portfolio by bridging the gap for those looking for the complexity found throughout our Core Village Series while being priced to be more easily integrated into a cocktail.
Steve Olson, Global Mezcal Advocate for Del Maguey noted, “We are honored to share the newest offering from the Cruz Nolasco family in San Luis del Río. Vida de Muertos is inspired by the tradition of crafting special batches of mezcal for family and friends during Día de los Muertos, one of the most important, spiritual celebrations in Mexico. From the village tucked amongst the tropical forests along the Río Hormiga Colorada (Red Ant River) to your copita, Vida de Muertos further solidifies the ritual connection between mezcal and indigenous ancestral culture.”
Since its inception in 1995, Del Maguey has been an instrumental force within the mezcal category for its ability to bring an appreciation for this exquisite, traditional, ritual libation to the American cultural landscape. Del Maguey Vida De Muertos, like all of our mezcals,takes on a unique flavor profile influenced by the variety of conditions inclusive of the:
Espadín agave and soil (tierra) where they are grown
Wood used to heat the stones on which the hearts of the agave are roasted
Local water used during fermentation
Ambient, wild yeast cultures and open-top fermentation in wooden tinas or vats
Hand of the maker: our palenqueros determine all aspects of fermentation and distillation, following labor-intensive traditions that go back generations