Mezonte Tepe is produced by Aciano Mendoza in a remote region of the Tepehuano Community at the intersection of Jalisco, Nayarit, and Durango.
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About this raicilla
Despite it’s name, Mezonte Tepe is NOT made with maguey Tepextate. Instead this gets it’s name from the Tepehuano community where it’s produced, at the border of Jalisco, Nayarit, and Durango. This reclusive community insists on isolation from western culture and the specific location of this distiller is somewhat mysterious. This spirit is made with maguey Cenizo (Agave bovicornuta). The term Cenizo is used to describe a lot of different agaves, and in this case this agave is also commonly referred to as maguey Lechuguilla Verde. While we call this spirit a Raicilla for ease of use on this site, there are certain groups that consider this a completely different agave spirit outside of the world of Raicilla.
There are many different releases of this Mezonte Tepe. Many of them are made with different types of agaves like Boviconuta, Masparillo, Shrevei, and more. Also, Aciano usually uses the destilador de pino con culebra de cobre for his distillation, but his copper pot was stolen at one point, so he had to makeshift a new still. The new/temporary still used clay pots for the batches made during that time period. He’s since bought a new copper pot and is once again distilling with the destilador de pino con culebra de cobre. Check your bottles for details.
Mezonte is a noprofit organization that promotes, supports, and preserves the production and practices of traditional agave spirits. Mezonte’s main objective is to create awareness of the cultural and biological value that these spirits represent. They feature agave spirits from all over Mexico, with an emphasis on Jalisco and Michoacán. Their producers make mezcal, raicilla, barranca, tuxca, sikua, or any other name used for distilled agave in this region. When Mezonte buys a batch from a producer, they only buy 60% of the batch because they want the community and the culture of the community to continue to consume and enjoy as they have for hundreds of years.
Learn more about Mezonte:
- Mezonte Supports Family Producers & Damn Good Mezcal on the K&L Wines Spirits Journal blog