Lalocura Espadín con Quiote is also known as maguey capón and refers to the agave plants spending additional time in the ground after the quiote has been cut off.
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|Category:||Destilado de Agave|
|Brand:||Agave Mixtape, Lalocura Mezcal|
|Mezcalero:||Eduardo "Lalo" Angeles|
|Town:||Santa Catarina Minas|
|Website:||https://www.mezcallalocura.com/, opens in new window|
About this destilado de agave
Lalocura Espadín con Quiote is also known as maguey capón and refers to the agave plants spending additional time in the ground after the quiote has been cut off. Lalocura is produced by Mezcalero Lalo Angeles in Santa Catarina Minas, Oaxaca using ancestral clay pots. Because Lalo doesn’t use any chemical pesticides, he takes extra care not to attract pests; because of this, Lalo limits the amount of overripe maguey capón that grow in his fields. Lalo considers espadín to particularly benefits from the “con quiote” process.
The batch produced from Agave Mixtape vol. 7 (2021) was the first Lalo had produced in 2 years. He has shied away from making capón batches because he feels the term has been co-opted by marketers and certain mezcaleros that take advantage of the average consumers inability to distinguish between batches made from maguey cogollito versus capón. Additionally, he believes that certain brands make dishonest claims about the length of time the plants were kept in the field after being “castrated”. The espadin plants used in this batch were grown from seeds collected in 2005. They were cared for in a nursery until being planted in fields in 2007. Most of the agaves had their quiotes cut off in 2018 with some removed in 2019. The “castrated” plants were finally harvested in time to be distilled in October 2020.
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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
Lalo talks about the differences between maguey cogollito and maguey capón, how to recognize a mature agave in the field, and what to expect from the Agave Mixtape volume 7 batch of espadín con quiote.