Donaji Ensamble is a 50/50 blend of maguey Espadin and maguey Cuishe. It’s not listed on the bottle, but this is made by mezcalero Don Beto in Miahuatlan.
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About this mezcal
Donaji Ensamble is made with 50% maguey Espadin (agave Angustifolia) and 50% maguey Cuishe (agave Karwinskii). This mezcal is traditionally produced by master Don Beto in La Pila, Miahuatlan, Oaxaca. It has aromas of pineapple and citric fruits, and gives off slight herbal aromas. The flavor notes include smoked pineapple, citrus, and fresh herbs.
Traditionally, Oaxaca has been dominated by the Zapotec and Mixtec cultures. King Cosijoeza, ruler of the city of Zaachila, had a daughter to whom he gave the name of “Donají” meaning “grand soul.” The Mixtecs and Zapotecs had a series of violent disputes, causing the Mixtecs to take revenge on the King by sacrificing his daughter, the Princess Donají, she was laid to rest near the Atoyac river. It is said that years later when her body was found, it was still in perfect condition. From her head, beautiful species of wild lilies had grown. This image was immediately converted to be the symbol of the Zapotec town. In 1828, a shield for the State of Oaxaca was created on which the head of the Princess Donají is lying down. The State government no longer uses the shield, but it was adopted by the City Council of the State of Oaxaca of Juárez and has been their official seal since 1928.