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Delia has nearly 30 years of experience at regional and international auction houses in the United States, and is also currently the editor of an art and antiques trade publication that tracks market trends, auctions and antiques shows. Delia is a generalist in glass, ceramics, silver and other metals, fine art, textiles, antiquities, wines and spirits, stamps and currency, collectibles and dolls and toys. Additionally, she is a specialist in 15th to 21st Century furniture from around the world. Her extensive professional network of appraisers, curators, dealers and collectors has proven to be an invaluable resource in her work for Mearto.

Rare mezcal and tequila are highly sought after by connoisseurs, collectors, and aficionados of agave spirits. Here are some factors that contribute to the rarity and allure of these beverages:

  1. Limited Production: Mezcal and tequila produced in limited quantities by small-scale producers or boutique distilleries are considered rare and exclusive. These artisanal spirits may be crafted using traditional methods, hand-harvested agave, or unique aging techniques that result in distinctive flavor profiles and characteristics.
  2. Single-Origin Varietals: Mezcal and tequila made from rare or heirloom agave varietals, such as Tobalá, Madrecuixe, or Tepeztate for mezcal, and Criollo, Mexicano, or Cuixe for tequila, are highly prized by collectors. Single-origin varietals offer nuanced flavors and complexities that reflect the terroir and craftsmanship of the region where they are produced.
  3. Vintage Releases: Mezcal and tequila released as vintage or special editions, often aged for extended periods in oak barrels or other aging vessels, are considered rare and collectible. Vintage releases may include limited production runs, commemorative bottlings, or special blends crafted to celebrate significant milestones or events.
  4. Barrel-Aged and Specialty Finishes: Mezcal and tequila aged in rare or unique barrels, such as wine casks, sherry casks, or cognac barrels, are sought after by collectors for their distinctive flavor profiles and aging characteristics. Specialty finishes, such as mezcal aged in underground pits or tequila finished in rare woods, add depth and complexity to the spirit.
  5. Artisanal Craftsmanship: Mezcal and tequila produced using traditional, artisanal methods by skilled master distillers are prized for their craftsmanship and authenticity. Spirits made with hand-harvested agave, stone wheel milling, or earthen pit roasting showcase the time-honored traditions and techniques passed down through generations of mezcaleros and tequileros.
  6. Rare Blends and Reserves: Mezcal and tequila blends crafted from rare or vintage batches of agave, often reserved for special occasions or discerning palates, are considered rare and luxurious. Blends may include aged expressions, single-barrel releases, or unique combinations of agave varietals, resulting in complex and harmonious flavor profiles.
  7. Cultural Heritage and Terroir: Mezcal and tequila that embody the cultural heritage and terroir of their respective regions, such as Oaxaca for mezcal and Jalisco for tequila, hold special significance and value for collectors. Spirits made with agave grown in unique microclimates, volcanic soils, or high-altitude regions reflect the rich diversity and tradition of agave cultivation.
  8. Limited Availability and Distribution: Mezcal and tequila with limited availability and distribution, often only found in select markets or specialty shops, are considered rare finds by collectors. Spirits sourced directly from the producer or purchased during visits to distilleries offer collectors a unique opportunity to acquire exclusive bottlings not widely available elsewhere.

Overall, the rarity of mezcal and tequila is determined by a combination of factors, including limited production, single-origin varietals, vintage releases, barrel-aged and specialty finishes, artisanal craftsmanship, rare blends and reserves, cultural heritage and terroir, and limited availability and distribution. Collectors value rare mezcal and tequila for their authenticity, craftsmanship, and exceptional quality, making them prized additions to any spirits collection.

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