Lamata De Castilla is produced by distiller Jorge Torres in Santiago, Nuevo Leon using Agave Americana and fermented with pulque.
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|Batch size:||120 liters (Lot NL-J - 3-1-2019)|
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About this destilado de agave
Lamata De Castilla is produced by distiller Jorge Torres in Santiago, Nuevo Leon using Agave Americana and fermented with pulque. The agaves are cooked in an underground oven and mashed with wooden mallets. The agave fibers are fermented with pulque from the same agaves. Next it is doubled-distilled in copper alembic pot stills. The final distillate is adjusted with heads and tails.
This agave spirit is distilled in the colder mountain regions of Santiago a few hours outside of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon. Due to the colder climate, a large amount of pulque is added to the fermentation instead of water, the final mix is about 40% roasted agave fiber and 60% pulque. The main agave in this region is “De Castilla” – Agave Americana. There is also some Agave Asperrima “Cenizo” and Agave Gentry. There is some hybridization between the Agave Americana and the Asperrima, and a good amount of genetic variation within the Americana variety itself. These producers hand mash the cooked agave in a small rock lined pit with a wooden mallet (seen in drawing on front label). The addition of large amounts of pulque to the fermentation makes this mezcal incredibly unique in terms of aroma and flavor.
This bottle was originally released under the brand name Amormata; it was rebranded to Lamata prior to the release of the second batch.
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.