Meet the Maker
Produced by Don Rodolfo Hernandez Aguilar and his son Heriberto, the 3rd and 4th generation Mezcaleros produce their artisanal mezcal at an altitude of 4,500 feet from the commanding view of their hilltop Palenque.
Don Rodolfo is a Comunero, a community shareholder, of San Juan del Rio in the mountains east of the capital of Oaxaca. He and his family must participate in the town government every 3 years to retain their Comunero status and be eligible to harvest wild agaves on community land. In 2019, it was Don Rodolfo's turn to be sheriff.
Harvested after 25 to 35 years from communal land in Oaxaca. These unruly Wild Agaves are behemoths with piñas able to grow over 300 lbs.
The complex and long lasting notes of this mezcal are best enjoyed neat. Pairs well with roasted chicken, seared duck, and lean meats.
Harvested after 8 to 12 years from communal land in Oaxaca. These small, flower-shapped Wild Agaves
yield only 50 lb piñas, requiring more plants and care than other varietals.
Fresh, savory, and sweet across each sip. Enjoy slowly& neat. Pairs well with strong cheese, lamb, and beef.
They grow up so quick - 7 to 10 years
These pinas grow to over 200 lbs.
Tree fruits, nuts, and a subtle smokey flavor come through. Enjoy neat, over ice, or in a cocktail with tangy sweet pineapple juice, zingy citrus fruits, or crisp and clean cucumber.
The same agave, and process as the Espadín 40, at a higher proof. Feel the heat without the burn on this crafted and balanced expression.
Tangy and Salty flavors combine - enjoy neat, next to the Espadín 40, to truly appreciate the complexities of mezcal.. Great with lightly smoked fish.
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"They say that in Oaxaca they drink their coffee with mezcal"
Whether neat, in a cocktail, paired with coffee, or in a coffee cocktail, the care and artistry of Pluma Negra are evident in each sip.
The community land stewardship system of San Juan del Rio increases biodiversity, prevents over-harvesting, and helps ensure that there will be agaves to harvest for years to come - and mezcal.
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