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Lamata Masparillo Durango – Cruz

Lamata Masparillo is produced by Maximino Cruz using maguey Masparillo near Mezquital, Durango.

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Category:Destilado de Agave
Mezcalero:Maximino Cruz
Town:El Mezquital
ABV: 48.6%
Age of plant: 9 years
Batch size: 90 liters (Lot MAS-C 05-2019)
Website: https://www.instagram.com/nacion_de_las_verdes_matas/, opens in new window

About this destilado de agave

Lamata Masparillo is produced by Maximino Cruz using maguey Masparillo (Agave maximiliana var. katharinae). Maximino Cruz is part of a Tepehuano family near Mezquital, Durango. 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. The agaves in this spirit were cooked in an underground pit oven, milled by hand with an axe, fermented in pine tubs, and double distilled in a Copper/Wood still.

An earlier edition of Masparillo was produced by Felipe Soto and bottled under the Amormata label. For that bottle, see: Amormata Masparillo – Felipe Soto


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.

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