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Maguey Melate Cupreata – Faustino Castro Bello

Maguey Melate Cupreata from Faustino Castro Bello was originally released as the November 2023 Mezcalero of the Month Club agave spirit.

Rating: (2 reviews)
Category:Destilado de Agave
Brand:Maguey Melate
Mezcalero:Faustino Castro
ABV: 47.3%
Release year: 2023
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About this destilado de agave

Maguey Melate Cupreata from Faustino Castro Bello was originally released as the November 2023 Mezcalero of the Month Club agave spirit. For the month of November 2023, club members received one of three different Cupreata (Papalote) batches: 1) Erasto’s Papalotes come from the northern part of Guerrero near the La Cuenca del Balsas River, 2) Benigno’s purely capon’d Cupreatas come from the humid oak and pine forests and take 10-18 years to reach maturity, or 3) Faustino’s cultivated Papalotes are in a slightly less humid, warm forest region.

All three of these releases come from the Sanzekan Cooperativa that started in 1990 with products like corn and beans, and eventually expanded to include mezcal in the early 2000s.

Maguey Melate

Maguey Melate was founded on two ideas: 1) Artisanal agave spirits are amazing and should be shared with the world, and 2) The faster-cheaper economy is a harmful force for people, the environment, and now agave spirits.

They believe if mezcal (and agave spirits) can be understood and appreciated at its full potential, people will show their preference for quality artisanal mezcal that is sustainably and fairly sourced. By raising consumer consciousness on the origins of mezcal and educating enthusiasts on matters of quality and character, informed people will be empowered to ensure the future of mezcal. To do this, they’re reaching a large audience with an impactful message: KEEP MEZCAL ARTISANAL!

Maguey Melate is perhaps most well-known for their Mezcalero of the Month Club, which delivers artisanal small-batch agave spirits directly to the doors of consumers in the US and Mexico. In addition to the monthly spirits, they offer exclusive content and interviews with producers. Single releases are also available in the Maguey Melate shop.

Member rating

4.5 out of 5

2 reviews



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Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars2 weeks ago

Lot FAU-CUP-001. Smells impeccably clean. Some soft aromas of orange cream, mango, and papaya. The nose is rich with fruit and light creamy notes. The palate is slightly nutty, like roasted peanuts. Additional notes of caramel, cream soda, figs, raisins, and apricot. There’s a warm and medium finish. This is really delicate and beautiful.



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Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars2 months ago

Yet another amazing Cupreata from Guerrero! Is there anyone in that state that doesn’t make incredible Mezcal?!?! This is clean and citrusy and piney. Some Orange Creamsicle, cream soda, caramel, Spearmint Altoids, guava, crushed pine needles. Not a single flaw. So delicious.

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