Maguey Melate Pechuga de Mezontle from Margarito López Flores was produced in Chichihualco, Guerrero, the birthplace of Mexico’s 11th president.
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About this destilado de agave
Maguey Melate Pechuga de Mezontle was originally released as the December 2020 Mezcalero of the Month Club agave spirit. Margarito is a fourth generation producer, and one of three other producers in this region who still uses a filipino still for distillation. After the Cupreata is double distilled, a piece of “mezontle,” or roasted agave heart, is macerated and placed into a glass garrafon with the mezcal, where it is left to rest in darkness for a month. Many consumers may know this as an “abocado,” or infused mezcal, but in this region of Guerrero it is considered a Pechuga.
This Pechuga is also accompanied by a 50ml wild capon Cupreata that was produced as part of a 300 liter batch in June 2020 from the same producer. This gives members a unique opportunity to taste a regular Cupreata batch in comparison to the Pechuga de Mezontle that also features this agave.
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.