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Cuentacuentos Espadin Ancestral

Cuentacuentos Espadin en Barro is produced by Ángel Cruz Robles in Sola de Vega, Oaxaca. This mezcal is sweet, with a hint of vanilla and tree nuts.

Rating: (3 reviews)
Mezcalero:Ángel Cruz Robles
Distillation:Clay Pot
Town:Sola de Vega
ABV: 48%
Website: https://www.realmezcal.com/
About this mezcal

Cuentacuentos Espadin 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. 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 48% ABV. His espadín is a good example of what technique can render from the commonly used agave Angustifolia. It is sweet, with a hint of vanilla and tree nuts.


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.

3 reviews

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5 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars3 months ago

This is spectacular. Sweet nose, vanilla, honey, tobacco, and earth. Subtle hint of brine on the tongue, caramel, with a balancing layer of clay to round out and ground the palate. I can’t get enough of this, and can’t wait to try the Ancestral Coyote by Ángel Cruz Robles. Lote: ACRO16, Bottle 352, May 2018.



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Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars5 months ago

This producer makes incredible mezcal. His Coyote en Barro blew me away years ago and recently I’ve been able to try this and the Arroqueño. The flavor profile is very consistent with lots of pumpkin spiced clay, mint, milk chocolate, and cantaloupe. The balance of clay spice really makes this mezcal memorable. Lote: ACRO16, Bottle 144, May 2018.



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Rated 4 out of 5 stars11 months ago

Lote: ACRO16, Bottle 121, May 2018. Definitely a sweet espadin but different than others I have tried. Can tell the clay impacts the taste but in a positive manner. Taste of orange and vanilla with a pine aftertaste.

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