Mezcalero Ángel Cruz Robles produced his maguey Arroqueño mezcal using 15+ year-old plants grown on landed tended to by his family for nearly 2 decades.
Cuentacuentos Arroqueño Ancestral
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|Mezcalero:||Ángel Cruz Robles|
|Town:||Sola de Vega|
|Age of plant:||15+ years|
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About this mezcal
Mezcalero Ángel Cruz Robles and his family have been tending their field of maguey Arroqueño (agave Americana) for the better part of the last two decades. The Arroqueño plants used in this batch of mezcal are the first of his harvest; these 15+ year-old plants are characterized by their “dry espadin” flavor and produced in the ancestral style in Sola de Vega, Oaxaca. Robles uses a wooden mallet to crush his cooked agaves by hand and distills them in clay pot stills. This mezcal has a deep minerality that is a result of the long-growing agaves.
Cuentacuentos curates small-batch traditional mezcals and destilados de agave from producers across the state of Oaxaca. Cuentacuentos released its first 6 mezcal expressions in 2018; future releases from the brand will change over time and include non-certified mezcals. The logo and bottle artwork (by artist Cesar Ruiz Conseco) features an opossum or tlacuache in Spanish. The tlacuache on the logo is El Viejito, the little old man opposum who stole mezcal from the demons as a service to humanity. The tlacuache ranks with the jaguar, eagle, and burro in importance in Zapotec, Taina, and Mexican mythologies. Cuentacuentos is bottled under NOM-O20X by Carlos Méndez Blas. The Cuentacuentos motto is Mezcal brings people together, stories make us friends.
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Zack Klamn512 reviews
Nose – A subtle medley of fruits and baking spices similar to a pechuga. Can detect the smallest bit of mushroom.
Palate – Candy cane. Wintergreen mouthwash. Sandalwood. This is a bit too Christmasy for my liking seeing though it’s not a pechuga.
Super limited batch, or so im told. Nose is burnt sugar, vanilla, oranges. Taste is sugar babies candy and more of the oranges/tropical fruit. Strange pickle flavor on finish that im not sure I dig. Still, enjoyable
Sample tasted in a large flight, ACRO18. Basil, kinda that spicy green side. Vetiver, sandalwood? Something musty in a sexy way. Brighter, lemon pledge. Really nice finish, clean and refreshing. Evergreen / juniper.
I like this mezcal. I found the coyote to be a bit too heavy on the clay pot, but this one strikes the right balance. Both are excellent but OI prefer this one!
Dry fruit. Peach. Honeydew. Lots of clay spice. Red earth. Cinnamon sticks. This is really nice but I prefer his Coyote or Espadin a bit more – the finish is a bit sour for me. Lot ACR018, bottle 51. 4 stars.
I’m sipping this again in February 2022 and love it. Possibly a different batch. Finish is delicious and complex. Updating to 4.5 stars overall.
Wild Common10 reviews
Vegetal, herbs, sweet finish. Bravo
Aromas of fresh green apples. All green apples with a faint hint of cinnamon. The palate is big and robust, semi-viscous. Flavor notes are more complex: green apples, brûlée, dark chocolate, tres leches cake, and dark cherries. This is deep and rich.