Ilegal Mezcal Anejo
Ilegal is made from 100% Agave Espadin. The pinas are roasted in a conical earth pit, using both mesquite and eucalyptus wood. The cooked maguey is then crushed by a millstone.
The crushed agave, and liquid fermented in oak vats.
Traditional the fabricas has these vats in open air in the during the fermentation process. Although part of a rich tradition this fermentation process is far from the clean factories of a major tequila producer like Sauza. After fermentation typically the brownish liquid, plant material and all are transferred to the still.
Ilegal is double distilled in a handcrafted copper Alembic still. An Alembic still is the father of the modern pot still and dates back to the earliest documented spirit distillation.
Aging is done medium char French and American oak barrels. Ilegal is not blended for consistency, so each vintage will very to some degree. Vintage bottling is a growing trend in the world of Mexican spirits. I can find no reference to amount of time this mezcal is aged.
It is bottling in simple clear glass. Stopped with natural cork. Sealed with green wax and hand numbered. All steps of this process takes place in small batches. The initial 2010 Anejo vintage is only 1224 bottles.