NETA Ensamble Silvestre (magueyes Bicuixe + Jabalín) was produced in 2019 by distiller Celso García Cruz.
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|Category:||Destilado de Agave|
|Mezcalero:||Celso García Cruz|
|Batch size:||Lot ENNCEL1905: 100 liters|
About this destilado de agave
NETA Ensamble Silvestre (magueyes Bicuixe + Jabalín) was produced in 2019 by distiller Celso García Cruz. This unconventional field blend marries the earthiness of Jabalín (Agave Convallis) with the grounding cinnamon notes of Bicuixe (Agave Karwinskii). For many years, Jabalín was not traditionally used in the production of mezcal, but instead valued for the fiber extracted from its leaves used in rope-making. Celso began experimenting with Jabalín and has increasingly refined his technique to manage the large amount of foam produced in the fermentation that can boil over into the condensation chamber. For this batch, he was able to tame the bubbly ferment with the addition of maguey Bicuixe and the use of a costal bag in between the boiler pot and the condensation chamber to prevent the foam from rising. Distilled slowly over a low fire, the resulting spirit is an expression reflective of expertise of the maker and his tools, the wild agave, and the lands of its origin.
In creating this 100 liter batch made of mature, wild maguey, Celso harvested approximately 300 kilograms of maguey Jabalín and 300 kilograms of maguey Bicuixe from his rocky and red cascajudo lands. After resting in the sun, the piñas were gathered and roasted for eight days, unearthed, and rested for an additional six days before maceration. After passing the pieces of perfectly cooked agave through a small mechanical shredder, the fibers were left to dry-ferment for 24 hours. Well water was added, and the mash fermented for eight days. Helping along nearly every step of the process was Felipa, his wife.
This small batch was chosen by the Texas Mezcal and Tequila Society Facebook group and released exclusively in the US state of Texas.
NETA is a colloquial word in Mexico that translates to "the real deal" or "the truth". Since 2012, the brand has worked closely with several small, family producers and a cooperative of twelve palenqueros from the southern valleys and hills of Miahuatlán, Oaxaca. The region has preserved its reputation for producing some of the finest mezcales and agave spirits anywhere in Mexico. The team behind NETA presents a carefully curated selection of extraordinary spirits that would otherwise never be found outside of its place of origin.
A note about NETA labels: The total bottle count written on the front label might be less than the total batch size. Batches may be split between Mexico, Europe, and the US; the handwritten bottle count represents the number of bottles imported into a particular country.
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