Pelotón de la Muerte Criollo, Vegan Pechuga Mezcals

Pelotón de la Muerte Pechuga and Criollo Mezcals.

Pelotón de la Muerte has introduced two new mezcal expressions to its lineup – Criollo and Vegan Pechuga.

Available beginning Aug. 1, these mezcals are produced with wild agave grown in the Mexican state of Guerrero, made with traditional methods by master mezcaleros.

Pelotón de la Muerte Criollo is open-air fermented for five days before being double distilled, first in Arabic still and then the second pass in a filipino still with a wood hat, producing an intense mezcal with notes of light smoke, the company reports. The suggested retail price is $39.99 for a 750-ml. bottle.

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Pelotón de la Muerte Pechuga is a vegan mezcal produced from a field blend of wild agaves that are roasted and distilled together, with botanicals hung from the Arabic still during the second distillation, resulting in a mezcal with notes of cooked agave, mandarin, oranges, anise and mint, the company reports. The suggested retail price is $39.99 for a 750-ml. bottle. 

These two new products join Pelotón de la Muerte’s Espadín expression ($14.99 for a 200-ml., $29.99 for a 750-ml., $39.99 for 1-L and $64.99 for 1.75-L). This mezcal is produced using traditional methods, with the agaves first being cooked in a lava rock lined pit, lined with dried agave, for five days before being crushed with a tahona wheel. It’s then fermented in open-air tanks for four days using natural airborne yeasts and then double-distilled in 200-L copper pots.

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