Cuentacuentos El Barro began as a project to create an alternative to the “low ABV, watery, tasteless well mezcals” found in bars across the US.
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|Destilado de Agave
|Clay Pot, Copper
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About this destilado de agave
Cuentacuentos El Barro began as a project to create an alternative to the “low ABV, watery, tasteless well mezcals” found in bars across the US. This 46% alcohol by volume maguey Espadin mezcal is first distilled in copper and then distilled a second time in clay. Mezcalero Ricardo Ruiz is from a mezcalero family in Sola de Vega, but he distills this mezcal in Santiago Matatlán. The founder of Cuentacuentos and Carlos Mendes Blas convinced Ricardo to help install four clay pots in the Matatlán distillery. That way they could do the first run in copper and then finish the mezcal in clay in 30 liter runs. Given the efficient production practices, this release aims to meet the same price point as most mezcals found “in the well”.
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. The Cuentacuentos motto is Mezcal brings people together, stories make us friends.
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