Macurichos, Ensamble - Crassispina, Maguey Blanco, Arroqueno (Mexico) 750ML
Producer Notes: Destilado de Agave produced by Maestro Mezcalero Gonzalo Martinez in Santiago Matatlan, Oaxacan
-Made from an Ensamble of Crassispina, Maguey Blanco, and Arroqueno (Agave Salmiana / Agave Americana / Agave Americana)
-Agave is cooked in an earthen oven, milled using a traditional stone tahona mill, then fermented with natural yeast in oak vats.
-Distilled twice in a copper pot still
-Rested for 13 months in glass
A relative of Agave marmorata (aka Tepeztate), Agave salmiana is often associated with a bold, faintly floral, green, and garden-fresh pepper quality which appears distinctly here, offering a cooling and savory balance to the rich, sweet depths of salted caramel, butterscotch, and corn silk delivered by the doubled Agave americana.
-54.8% ABV - 89 liters produced.
Not only does this ensamble feature two different subspecies of Agave Americana—the rare Arroqueno and the rarer still Blanco—but it pairs those two behemoth varieties with Crassispina, a subspecies of Agave Salmiana scarcely distilled in Oaxaca, but which is widely used further north in states such as San Luis Potosi, Tlaxcala, and Durango.
The agave species A. Americana and Salmiana are the two most commonly used to produce pulque, the historic antecedent of agave-based beverage alcohol. The Martinez Sernas family were pulqueros for generations before they were mezcaleros, and their diverse, aggressive cultivation of agave originally for that purpose is one of the assets which has helped Macurichos to stand apart as a unique farming and distilling family in Santiago Matatlán.
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