Real Minero Espadin Mezcal "BATCH NO. RME-10" 2018 (Mexico) 750ML
Distillery Notes: From the Angeles Carreno family in Santa Catarina Minas comes the brand Real Minero, helmed by fourth-generation mezcal producers Graciela Ángeles Carreño, and her brother Edgar. Graciela is considered one of the thought-leaders in the field, conducting extensive scientific and historic research into agave and mezcal. She employs several botanists who work with the brand to maintain a nursery and laboratory dedicated to protecting, preserving, and studying the plants, vigorously champions social justice and economic and labor issues within the mezcal industry, and funnels a portion of proceeds into creating the first library in the rural mining community of Santa Catarina Minas. Yet, Real Minero is as deeply rustic and culturally historic as mezcal production can get. Roughly translated as “royal miner”, the brand is exemplary of the minero style of mezcal which can only be certified from Santa Catarina Minas, specifically. Minero implies a production method otherwise referred to as en barro or en olla; distillation occurs in handmade, clay pots using a carved, wooden spoon suspended on string to collect condensed distillate. Much of their agave is broken down after cooking by hand-mashing with massive, wooden bats—like a mortar and pestle of overwhelming size. These countryside methods have not changed in hundreds of years.
Tasting Notes: Since taking over the helm at the palenque, Edgar Angeles Carreno has been returning to a more concentrated, high-proof and historic style of distillation — rarely dipping below 100 proof — making this Espadin a powerful introduction to mezcal en barro the way it was made centuries ago. This sultry example exhibits notes of sage and pear skin, with a long, dry finish.
Maguey: 100% Espadin
Age: 10 Years
Liters Produced: 544