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Lamata Masparillo Durango – Cruz

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

Rating: (3 reviews)
Category:Destilado de Agave
Brand:Lamata
Mezcalero:Maximino Cruz
Maguey:Masparillo
Agave:Maximiliana
Milling:Hand
Distillation:Duranguense
Style:Joven
State:Durango
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 viejo 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

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.

Member rating

4 out of 5

3 reviews

Jam

Jam

156 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars6 months ago

This review is just an impression of a small pour from a big Lamata tasting. No bottle info. Will update if I try again.

Review #116: cherry, mango, soft cheese, strawberry, raspberry.

Really delicious soft sweet fruits with a little lactic note.

El-Dawg

El-Dawg

219 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars1 year ago

Didn’t get the LOT unfortunately.
Lighter overall, which is awesome for almost 49%. More light on the green notes yet with nuances that made it a fun one to sip. This was only a 1oz or so sampler, so while I can’t get into details, it’s still a solid 4 (if not higher) rating.

Rakhal

Rakhal

422 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars2 years ago

Lot MAS-C 05-2019
I thought I was buying a replacement bottle for the Lamata Masparillo that I had almost finished. It was confusing because this had the same lot number but I didn’t notice that it was a different Mezcalero. This is very good though, my third bottle of Mezcal made with this agave and I like them all a lot! This one starts off sweet in the mouth and then gets really dry and green and salty with a slight bitterness. It’s got a thin mouth feel too but even though all these characteristics aren’t usually my favorite, it all works with this one. Vanilla frosting, celery, lettuce, spearmint, table salt, green tea, and a finish that tastes like applesauce. Damn good.

Lot MAS-C 05-2019
I thought I was buying a replacement bottle for the Lamata Masparillo that I had almost finished. It was confusing because this had the same lot number but I didn’t notice that it was a different Mezcalero. This is very good though, my third bottle of Mezcal made with this agave and I like them all a lot! This one starts off sweet in the mouth and then gets really dry and green and salty with a slight bitterness. It’s got a thin mouth feel too but even though all these char

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