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Lamata A’hl Mai

Lamata A’hl Mai was produced by Aurelio and his nephew Abel García Soto in a community in the region of Sierra del Mezquital, Durango.

Rating: (1 review)
Category:Destilado de Agave
Brand:Lamata
Agave:Maximiliana
Grind:Hand
Distillation:Copper
Style:Joven
State:Durango
Town:El Mezquital
ABV: 47.5%
Batch size: 100 liters (Lot AHL-G 01-2021)
Release year: 2021
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About this destilado de agave

Lamata A’hl Mai was produced by Aurelio and his nephew Abel García Soto in a community in the region of Sierra del Mezquital, Durango. The agaves were brought from a community hours away near the border with Nayarit. Abel and Aurelio are Tepehuanes who both speak O’dam. The Tepehuanes are an indigineous people who live in Chihuahua, Durango, Jalisco, Nayarit and Zacatecas. The Tepehuano language is divided into three major branches with Southern Tepehuano being spoken in the municipalities of Mezquital and Pueblo Nuevo.

A’hl Mai means “little agave” in the native O’dam language. Agave maximiliana var. baker is smaller than the Masparillo varietal which is Agave maximiliana katharinae. The agaves are cooked underground, naturally fermented with spring water, and distilled twice in copper wood pots.

Lamata

Lamata (formerly named Amormata) is the for-export label of Nacion de Las Verdes Matas, a small unregistered brand started by Luis Loya many years ago. His goal is to share mezcal from Northern Mexico from places that are under-represented in the market. Luis has relationships with producers in Durango, Nuevo Leon, Sonora, Chihuahua, San Luis Potosi and Tamaulipas among others.

The typical lot sizes of Amormata releases range from about 40 liters to 200 liters. The producers will continue to make about the same amount of spirits that they historically have in the past. Therefore, the brand will not bottle much more than a total of three to five thousand liters per year. Amormata is dedicated to promoting the “gusto historico”, the terroir, the liquid culture, and the history that is mezcal to people beyond the borders of the places where it is made.

1 review

4 out of 5

RyeAmLegend

RyeAmLegend

32 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars7 months ago

This starts out as a fruit smoothie on the nose. It’s tart with some raspberry and cherries, ripe cantaloupe and blueberries. I’ve had this happen to me before so I let it sit just a bit in my copita. Over time, the flavors changed in my glass and that fruit turned to these wonderful savory notes. Sweet potatoes, yams, roasted carrots and butternut squash. The fruit wasn’t entirely gone, but some citrus zest and oils came forward instead.

The flavors on the palate are quite harmonious. Savory and slightly sweet like a sweet potato pie with browned butter and burnt sugars. Green beans and grilled onions compliment a nice capsaicin kick that brings a welcoming warming spicy sensation to the tongue. Citrus, apricot marmalade glaze over fresh vegetables. There’s a savory salty note that reminds me of nori. It’s got this slight brine note that I really enjoy. Some bitter tea leaves and leans slightly earthy or mineral as it sits on your palate. Finally a faint floral quality at the very end.

Pinewood and roasted onions on the finish. It’s more of a green wood flavor. Some nice salinity and slightly dry finish. Raw salad greens. Notably metallic like stainless steel or tin. A high mineral content sparkling water flavor. Raw brussels sprouts, sugar snap peas, and edamame.

This starts out as a fruit smoothie on the nose. It’s tart with some raspberry and cherries, ripe cantaloupe and blueberries. I’ve had this happen to me before so I let it sit just a bit in my copita. Over time, the flavors changed in my glass and that fruit turned to these wonderful savory notes. Sweet potatoes, yams, roasted carrots and butternut squash. The fruit wasn’t entirely gone, but some citrus zest and oils came forward instead.
The flavors on the palate are quite harmonious. Sav

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