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Lamata Tepemete

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

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Category:Destilado de Agave
Brand:Lamata
Mezcalero:Maximino Cruz
Maguey:Tepemete
Agave:Angustifolia
Grind:Hand
Distillation:Copper
Style:Joven
State:Durango
Town:El Mezquital
ABV: 52%
Batch size: 60 liters (Lot TEP-C 12-1-2020)
Release year: 2021
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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

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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