Nación de las Verdes Matas is a new project that is focused on bringing small batch agave spirits from the northwestern Mexican states of Nuevo Leon, Durango, and Tamaulipas to light while fostering their continued survival.
They are uncertified by the CRM and labeled as “spirits distilled from agave” even if their makers may consider them as traditional mezcals. They do have a NOM, NOM 142, which is a catch all for all Mexican spirits that don’t have another NOM. And, the distillers are known as “maestros vinateros” instead of maestros mezcaleros.
- Location: Santiago, Nuevo Leon
- Agave: Agave de Castilla, A. Americana.
- Maestro Mezcalero: Jorge Torres
- Quantity: 120 liters
- Vintage: March 2019
- ABV: 51.5%
- Tasting Keywords: tejate, cinnamon.
- NOM: NOM 142
- Only available at Madre Mezcaleria in Torrance
The Familia Torres has notes of fresh cut jamon de bellota and rum agricole, incredibly distinct.
This definitely isn’t for everyone. At times it tastes like a critique of a pumpkin latte because it has the component parts of fall flavors. There is some cinnamon and some tejate but those flavors are so light and fresh.
Mashed by hand with a mallet and then it has a rather unique co-fermentation with pulque. They make pulque from some of the agave, roast the rest of the agave, and then co-ferment the two in a roughly 40% pulque, 60% agave mixture.
Unfortunately for the rest of us the Familia Torres is completely sold out. Madre Mezcaleria in Torrance bought everything that was brought into the US so head there for a special tasting of this and the many other bottles behind that incredible mezcal bar.