Lalocura Cuishe-Espadin was initially released as part of the Agave Mixtape Volume 4 in March of 2021.
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|Category:||Destilado de Agave|
|Brand:||Agave Mixtape, Lalocura Mezcal|
|Mezcalero:||Eduardo "Lalo" Angeles|
|Town:||Santa Catarina Minas|
|Age of plant:||13-16 years|
|Website:||https://www.mezcallalocura.com/, opens in new window|
About this destilado de agave
Lalocura Cuishe-Espadin was initially released as part of the Agave Mixtape Volume 4 in March of 2021. It made with 50% maguey Espadin (Agave angustifolia) and 50% maguey Cuishe (Agave rhodacantha). From Agave Mixtape:
Like many of his most interesting mezclas, Lalo’s cuishe-espadín is the product of a series of experiments started in 2018 to explore the mezclas of agave spirits’ origins, albeit through the varietal focused perspective that Lalocura is famous for.
While the cuishe and espadín add up to something different from the sum of their parts, he’s clear that the goal isn’t to create something new, but rather to find new ways of appreciating the agaves. Mezclas “say nothing if they don’t have the spririt of the magueyes,” Lalo says.
Both agaves are on full display in this batch. The cuishe presents clearly, especially in the aromatics, while the espadín plays a supporting role, providing minimal aromatics and a sweet base that acts as a pedestal on which we can see the cuishe from a new angle.
The Agave Mixtape batch cuishe-espadin is Lalo’s favorite iteration of the mezcla so far. Produced during the COVID lockdown in Santa Catarina Minas, this batch may have gotten a little extra love since there were no visitors to distract the team, Lalo says.
The espadín used here were planted in 2007. Espadín in Minas taking 13 years to reach maturity – nearly double the time in many other parts of Oaxaca.
The cuishe used were cuishe verde pence largo and cuishe verde penca corta, two of the 5 sub-varietals recognized in Minas. Grown between rows of corn, these cuishe took between 14 and 16 years to mature.
Agave Mixtape brings the best agave spirits together in one place – your place. Agave Mixtape is a subscription based service. Subscribers receive boxes with three 200ml bottles from three different brands – Lalocura, Mal Bien, and Neta (and maybe a few surprises) – filled with batches picked especially for Agave Mixtape, and not available anywhere else in the USA. Each box includes production notes on the batches, along with links to photos, and virtual tastings with the people behind the brands and the mezcaleros. You can subscribe directly from their website.
Before starting Lalocura in 2014, Eduardo “Lalo” Ángeles spent years working as the fourth generation master mezcalero of his family’s brand Real Minero, where he combined a lifetime of working under his father, the late, great Don Lorenzo with a collegiate degree in agricultural engineering. Many Real Minero bottles from several years ago actually have Eduardo listed alongside his father as the master distiller. Lalocura’s clay pot distilled mezcals have built a steady cult following over the last few years. People from around the world show up at the palenque in Santa Catarina Minas each day hoping to spend time listening to Lalo tell stories while they taste the 20+ expressions he has resting in glass at any given time. If you like clay pot distilled mezcal and you like Real Minero, it’s highly recommended that you find some Lalocura.
Read about our visit to Lalocura in the blog post A Tour with Oaxacking: Mezcal Lalocura