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Cuentacuentos Coyote Ancestral

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.

Rating: (5 reviews)
Mezcalero:Ángel Cruz Calvo, Ángel Cruz Robles
Distillation:Clay Pot
Town:Sola de Vega
ABV: 45.6%
Age of plant: 18-20 years
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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.

5 reviews

3.9 out of 5

Zack Klamn

Zack Klamn

290 reviews
Rated 3 out of 5 stars3 months ago

Nose – Fruit punch jelly bean. Has a slight meatiness to it like a smelling a patted dry top sirloin.

Palate – A hint of sour cream. The clay is nice. Bitter finish, almost a weed stem note, and the smoke is a tinge sour.

This is an interesting expression but it just didn’t quite come together for me.



298 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars3 months ago

Clay. Mulch. Anise. Tangerines. Puppy Chow. Am I imagining these notes or are they really there? This is quite the ride. Not sure what to think



8 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars10 months ago

Very nice coyote. Some of the classic slate clay taste from Sola de Vega. While many people crave the strong clay pot profile, I found this to be ever so slightly heavy for me, so 4 out 5, instead of 5. Very good!



503 reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 stars3 years ago

This is an amazing clay-distilled mezcal. On the palate, there is an exquisite balance of clay, fruit, and wood. I get notes of black sesame seeds, salt, guava, and hickory. I remember tasting a Coyote en Barro from Sola de Vega at In Situ in Oaxaca City and this might be better. Can’t wait to try this maestro’s agave Espadin mezcal! Lot ACR004.



528 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars3 years ago

Lot ACR004. Bottle 91/120. Smells like slate and raw clay. This is very tasty. Hints of orange, vanilla cream, and lemon zest. This is bright and light with a bit of cinnamon cloves. Very good and worth trying.

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