Del Maguey (pronounced ma–gay), Single Village Mezcal was founded in 1995 by internationally renowned artist and mezcal visionary, Ron Cooper. Ron introduced the world to previously unavailable 100% certified organic, artisanal mezcal produced the original handcrafted way. Through deep cultural relationships with Zapotec Mexican Indian producers in the remote villages of Oaxaca, Mexico, Del Maguey harnesses ancient, original organic processes. Combining these methods with varying micro-climates and terroir gives each creation its own unique, rich, sweet and smoky character. Every product in our collection is made by individual family palenqueros (producers) in old-style villages. We are the first producer to credit each product after the village where our liquid is made. While Del Maguey, Single Village Mezcal distillates have always been organic, pre-slow and pre-green, they are also approved by OCIA and USDA, making them one of the first mezcals in the world with organic certification. Made by farmers, not factories. Del Maguey supports the amazing biodiversity and rich cultural heritage of Oaxaca. All production is sustainable for each different village’s pure mezcal, to preserve ancient style and quality. Our certified organic, mature maguey is renewed and cultivated by the single village producers. Del Maguey pays fair-trade premiums over and above local industry standards and supports educational programs to achieve sustainable production. When you see our beautiful green bottles you know it’s Del Maguey.
Pechuga has a nose of basil, lemon, ocean, and fruit. It is almost scotch-like in its smoky taste. And yes, in addition it is salty, very soft, and tastes a wee bit like chicken. The Pechuga production season is limited to year end due to the special ingredients: Wild mountain apples and plums that must be in season and cannot be substituted. This mezcal is the most rare we have ever encountered.