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Lamata Tepemete

Lamata Tepemete is produced by a Tepehuano family in the mountainous region near Mezquital, Durango.

Rating: (2 reviews)
Category:Destilado de Agave
Mezcalero:Maximino Cruz
Town:El Mezquital
ABV: 52%
Batch size: 60 liters (Lot TEP-C 12-1-2020)
Release year: 2021
Website: https://www.instagram.com/nacion_de_las_verdes_matas/, opens in new window

About this destilado de agave

Lamata Tepemete is produced by Maximino Cruz using maguey Tepemete (Agave angustifolia). 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.

Tepemete is a small wild Agave angustifolia that grows in the mountainous regions of the area; it is similar to the plant known as Chacaleño. The word “tepe” means “mountain” and “mete” comes from “metl” (agave) in the Nahuátl language. 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.


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.

2 reviews

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377 reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 stars5 months ago

1oz sample. No batch number.
Yet another unique and delicious work of art from Lamata. The Tepehuano community makes some incredible Mezcals. I’ve had three different “Tepe” expressions from Mezonte and now this one from Lamata, all amazing. Apple Jolly Rancher, Amaretto, brandied cherries, Bourbon, leather briefcase, and Ceylon cinnamon. Delicious!

Zack Klamn

Zack Klamn

471 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars11 months ago

Nose – Pear. Red apple. Fresh soil. Radish. Green carrot tops.

Palate – Cinnamon stick. Incredibly earthy – soil and root vegetables. Heat is a sweet, cinnamon spiciness – tasty. There is a very nice smoky, cheesecake note the came through in the aftertaste. This is an awesome mezcal, totally pops with flavor.

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