Cuentacuentos Coyote Ancestral is produced by either Ángel Cruz Robles or Ángel Cruz Calvo in Sola de Vega, Oaxaca. Both mezcaleros craft their mezcal in the ancestral style using clay pot stills and mashing the agaves by hand.
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|Mezcalero:||Ángel Cruz Calvo, Ángel Cruz Robles|
|Agave / Maguey:||Americana, Coyote|
|Town:||Sola de Vega|
|Age of plant:||18-20 years|
About this mezcal
Cuentacuentos Coyote Ancestral is produced by Ángel Cruz Robles at his small palenque which is hidden in the forest high in the Sierra Sur mountains outside of Sola de Vega, Oaxaca. According to Cuentacuentos, maguey Coyote is found only in cultivation in this region and is not known to occur in the wild. The plant takes 18-20 years to mature. Once harvested, the agave is cooked for 72 hours in a traditional underground horno and then milled by hand with a wooden mallet in a canoe. It is then naturally fermented in 8-9 days and doubled-distilled in clay pots. Spring water is used to adjust the spirit to approximately 45.6% ABV. Ángel’s technique imparts a caramel flavor that does not overpower agave Coyote’s inherent earthiness. The resulting mezcal has a pronounced minerality and benefits from the ancestral method to fully express its unique terroir.
Mezcalero Ángel Cruz Calvo produces his maguey Coyote mezcal at his palenque which is just a few hundred yards from that of his grandson. His palenque has less sun with more humidity. The climate differences along with his own unique produces techniques create a noticeable difference in flavor between the mezcals from these two mezcaleros.
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.