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Cuentacuentos Tepeztate – Serafín

Cuentacuentos Tepeztate is produced by Maximiliano “Serafín” García Gerónimo outside of San Dionisio Ocotepec with agaves sourced from La Compania, Ejutla.

Rating: (10 reviews)
Brand:Cuentacuentos
NOM:NOM-O20X
Mezcalero:Maximiliano "Serafin" García Gerónimo
Maguey:Tepeztate
Agave:Marmorata
Grind:Tahona
Distillation:Copper
Style:Joven
State:Oaxaca
Town:San Dionisio Ocotepec
ABV: 47.89%
Batch size: 200 liters (Lote: MGG-127)
Website: https://www.realmezcal.com, opens in new window

About this mezcal

Cuentacuentos Tepeztate is produced by Maximiliano “Serafín” García Gerónimo on a small hillside outside of San Dionisio Ocotepec. The agave is cooked for 3 days in a traditional underground horno and then milled by a horse drawn tahona. It is then naturally fermented in 5-6 days and doubled-distilled in copper pots. Tails from the distillation are used to adjust the spirit to approximately 48% ABV. This mezcal is characterized by the floral nose and hints of tropical fruit with notes of plantain and nanche.

Cuentacuentos

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.

 

Craft Distillers’ tasting video

10 reviews

3.65 out of 5

COak

COak

195 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars6 months ago

Lot MGG-12T. Tried this blind, was a little surprised it was a tepeztate. It’s pretty soft for a tepe. Has minerality, some strawberry and green beans. Enjoyable overall.

Gfunk

Gfunk

17 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars6 months ago

Lot mgg-12t.

Good, but not super memorable. Nice mouth feel. A good initial sweetness, followed by a distinct earthiness which fades quickly. Very easy to drink, a good representation of tepextate

JDB

JDB

67 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars6 months ago

ABV 47.89% September 2020 Lot MGG-12T

Green on the nose, and I also get the smell of purple Nerds (the candy) on some tepeztates this one included, not sure why some over others, also an aroma of grape must. Plenty of heat on this Tep, a strong pepper note, a rounded sweetness that lingers, but not cloyingly sweet. Some light fruit and grape notes, a nice vegetal flavor as well, like roasted Brussels sprouts. Not as much minerality as I usually get from Teps, nor as complex as others, but I have had some stellar Teps from top-end mezcaleras/os so the bar is pretty high. Definitely spicy and hot though, lingering long in the finish. A solid tepeztate that does not disappoint. (3.75 out of 5)

ABV 47.89% September 2020 Lot MGG-12T
Green on the nose, and I also get the smell of purple Nerds (the candy) on some tepeztates this one included, not sure why some over others, also an aroma of grape must. Plenty of heat on this Tep, a strong pepper note, a rounded sweetness that lingers, but not cloyingly sweet. Some light fruit and grape notes, a nice vegetal flavor as well, like roasted Brussels sprouts. Not as much minerality as I usually get from Teps, nor as complex as others, bu

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tallchad

tallchad

63 reviews
Rated 3 out of 5 stars6 months ago

Decent Tepeztate, although a little “light”. Aroma is light and fruity with some sea salt. Taste also is light with some earthy undertones. The finish a quick but pleasant. This one is ok. MGG12T sept 2020

El-Dawg

El-Dawg

166 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars6 months ago

Lote: MGG-12T
Great, green tepeztate nose – vegetal, jalapeno, green pepper. Taste is a bit flatter though, with a good tangy finish. Doesn’t follow-through with the strong nose, and maybe some slightly sour notes at the finish. Well rounded and good, but as a huge tepeztate fan, this one is slightly above average at a 3.75.
Review #150

RyeAmLegend

RyeAmLegend

32 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars6 months ago

Lot: MGG12T September 2020

Banana skin or leaves on the nose. Wet 2×4 and plywood lumber. Lots of subtle vegetables – green chilies, raw potato, mild white onion, tomatillo. Some other fruit esters peek out but more align with sweet vegetables like tomato, green beans and cucumbers. With a bit more time in the glass some blue and blackberry comes out. It’s pleasant on the nose if a bit unassuming at first.

Those lumber notes really stand out on the palate here. Roasted chilies with some slight acidity like grilled onions and lemons. Some dried grasses and hay with a limestone water minerality. Calcium rich water. A hearty toasted spice blend – All-spice, maybe a bit of fennel seed, pepper corn, red pepper flakes.

Mellow smoke with similar woodsy notes. On the dry side for a finish. Eases you in with some bitterness that’s rather pleasant. Still that big grass and hay flavor as well. It’s lacking that acidity or sugars from the palate. I sat the glass down to taste another sample and when returning 15 minutes later the berry and honey sweetness came out more on the finish.

Really well made and a great introductory bottle. I think just that additional rest time will really allow you to dive deeper and explore this bottle much more than just a 2 ounce sample can.

Lot: MGG12T September 2020
Banana skin or leaves on the nose. Wet 2×4 and plywood lumber. Lots of subtle vegetables – green chilies, raw potato, mild white onion, tomatillo. Some other fruit esters peek out but more align with sweet vegetables like tomato, green beans and cucumbers. With a bit more time in the glass some blue and blackberry comes out. It’s pleasant on the nose if a bit unassuming at first.
Those lumber notes really stand out on the palate here. Roasted chilies with some sli

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Rakhal

Rakhal

377 reviews
Rated 3 out of 5 stars6 months ago

MGG-12T. Creamy and bright with a slightly bitter finish. Fresh jalapeño, vanilla bean, cinnamon toothpicks, crushed lime stone, peppermint oil, Listerine, jasmine, and coconut milk. Copper and grapefruit pith on the finish. Solid Tepextate.

Zack Klamn

Zack Klamn

471 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars6 months ago

Lot MGG-12T.
Nose – Garden fresh scallions. Sweet cocktail onion. Icing sugar.

Palate – Less green and vegetal flavors compared to the aromas in the nose (dialed back to a subtle level). Slighlty over medium viscosity. Nordic tobacco (snus). A bit of anise. The finish is fantastic – a combination of hot cinnamon, white pepper and a lingering jalapeno heat. A rock solid tepeztate!

Jonny

Jonny

603 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars7 months ago

Lot MGG-12T. Bottle 146/267. Aromas of green pepper, black pepper, and jalapeño. The palate is also very peppery with additional notes of anise, peppermint, and dark tropical fruits. This has the surface layer Tepextate notes I’d look for but also lots of added complexity with the anise and fruit notes. Very pleasant.

Tyler

Tyler

583 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars7 months ago

Tasty Tep. There aren’t a lot of Tepextate mezcals on the market these days (probably a good thing given the agave supply). Given the age and rarity of the plant, you never want to experience a subpar Tep because it is kind of a waste. This is the kind of Tep you want – it is a well-distilled Tep with the classic green herbaceous notes. It is a bit starchy with some fruit Jellybean flavors. September 2020 batch, 200 liters.

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