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Los Nahuales Método Antiguo

Método Antiguo honors the “old way” of producing mezcal in which tails from the distillation run are used to bring the spirit to proof instead of water.

Rating: (3 reviews)
Brand:Los Nahuales Mezcal
NOM:NOM-O14X
Mezcalero:Karina Abad Rojas
Agave:Espadin
Distillation:Copper
Style:Joven
State:Oaxaca
Town:Santiago Matatlan
ABV: 48.3%
Release year: 2018
Website: http://craftdistillers.com/trade-info/los-nahuales-info/
About this mezcal

Método Antiguo honors the “old way” of producing mezcal. The old way refers to using certain parts of the distillation run to bring the spirit to proof instead of water. The heart of the second distillation run is typically around 55% ABV, and with this mezcal it is brought down to drinking strength by dilution using the tails cut (colas) from the first distillation run (which is 10-13% ABV). Using tails instead of water introduces fresh flowery esters and added complexity.

This mezcal is made with agave Espadin, harvested, roasted, milled, fermented, and double distilled entirely by artisanal methods under the supervision of Karina Abad, head of production for Alipus, Los Nahuales, and Mezcalero at the Destileria Los Danzantes in Santiago Matatlán, Oaxaca. The first batch of 1200 bottles was imported into the United States in 2018 at 48.3% alcohol by volume.

Los Nahuales Mezcal

Los Nahuales mezcal is distilled at the Déstileria Los Danzantes in Santiago Matatlan, the world capital of mezcal, south of Oaxaca city. The mezcals are branded as Los Nahuales in the USA due to trademark issues. Though the mezcaleros behind this mezcal have been making it for generations, the Los Danzantes brand has been around since 1997.

 

Craft Distillers’ tasting video

3 reviews

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Spirit_Chaser

Spirit_Chaser

19 reviews
4 months ago

Lot 02A/18, 52.4% ABV
The nose is initially quite muted with notes of acetone but opens up wonderfully after a few minutes with truckloads of berries, white grapes, and vegetal roasted agave notes. The taste is slightly mineral with pez candy, roasted agave, mango, strawberries…loads of bright fruitiness. It finishes with a peppery kick and tropical fruitiness. This is a very bright, fruity, and zippy espadin with a full-bodied mouthfeel. I know that it goes against the entire philosophy behind this release (diluting the abv with the “puntas”) but a couple drops of water opens everything up even more. Wonderful espadin.

Lot 02A/18, 52.4% ABV
The nose is initially quite muted with notes of acetone but opens up wonderfully after a few minutes with truckloads of berries, white grapes, and vegetal roasted agave notes. The taste is slightly mineral with pez candy, roasted agave, mango, strawberries…loads of bright fruitiness. It finishes with a peppery kick and tropical fruitiness. This is a very bright, fruity, and zippy espadin with a full-bodied mouthfeel. I know that it goes against the entire philosop

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Jonny

Jonny

334 reviews
1 year ago

Bright and a bit oily. Very nice viscosity and thick on the palate. Lots of fruity aromas and flavors: orange rind, papaya, and watermelon. This is a cool and tasty experiment. Piney and a bit soapy.

Tyler

Tyler

316 reviews
1 year ago

Very impressed by this agave Espadin mezcal made with tails from the first distillation run. Bright is the first word that comes to mind. It was likely bottles recently and has this vibrant fruitiness. On the nose there is an aroma like a dry fruit roll up. On the palate there are berries and plum sauce. Los Nahuales plans to release limited batches of this mezcal once per year. Excited to see more releases from mezcalera Karina.

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