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Macurichos Tepeztate Tasting Notes

Details

  • Location: Santiago Matatlan, Oaxaca
  • Agave: Tepeztate 
  • Maestro: Los Hermanos Martinez
  • Abv: 50%
  • Tasting keywords: berry, dusty earth, fresh 
  • NOM: 0165X
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Nose

Classic aromas of berry, watermelon rind, and an earthy core are heady and enticing. A hint of butteriness comes through the more you dig in, accompanied by dark green vegetation and cucumber freshness. 

Taste

Raspberries, sweetened chocolate, and candied orange all burst with big bold flavor. Mouth watering and smooth, with a hint of white pepper spice throughout, it is so easy to drink and not the slightest bit hot. A toasted butter flavor comes through on the finish, highlighting the otherwise fresh and fruity notes. Effortless to love. 

Method/Background 

The family is invested in continuous sustainable reforestation of the variety, though this expression is currently made from wild agaves around 25 years old that grow 1800 meters above sea level. Agaves are cooked in a traditional earthen oven before being crushed with a tahona. The mash is wild yeast fermented in wooden vats before being distilled twice in copper pot stills. 

Tess Rose Lampert is a wine and spirits educator with a focus on mezcal. She is a frequent contributor to Mezcalistas and has developed programming for Mexico in a Bottle and Spirited Conversations. She has an Advanced Degree from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust, Spanish Wine Educator Certificate, an MA from the University of East Anglia, UK, in Philosophy of Food and Drink and a BA from Bard College in NY.

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