NETA Bicuixe is from Jorge Vásquez Aquino, who is the youngest child of Paula Sánchez Aquino and Hermógenes García Vásquez.
NETA Bicuixe – Jorge Vásquez Aquino
|Rating:||(8 reviews) - Write a review|
|Category:||Destilado de Agave|
|Brand:||Agave Mixtape, NETA|
|Mezcalero:||Jorge Vásquez Aquino|
|Town:||San Luis Amatlan|
|Batch size:||Lot BCXJVS2005: 60 liters|
|Website:||https://netaspirits.com/, opens in new window|
About this destilado de agave
NETA Bicuixe from Jorge Vásquez Aquino was initially released as part of Volume 3 of Agave Mixtape. Heir to a generations-deep legacy, Jorge Vásquez Aquino is the youngest child of Paula Sánchez Aquino and Hermógenes García Vásquez. After starting work in the family’s palenque assisting his parents a few years ago, and eventually making his own batches, Jorge now occupies the status of student, musician, magueyero, and palenquero. In April 2020, a few weeks after Oaxaca entered a restrictive phase of shutdowns and restriction, and just a couple months before her grandson’s 17th birthday, Elvira Aquino, couldn’t bear to watch Jorge sit idle at the ranch in Logoche. She encouraged him to harvest some of the ripe maguey from one of her red earthen parcels of land where corn, beans, squash, and cultivated Madrecuixe and Espadín intermingle with their feral Bicuixe counterparts. This gem is one of the results of these efforts.
For the crafting of this 60L batch, Jorge selected 45 Bicuixe agaves of various sizes; he estimates around 30% were quiotudo and the remaining 70% of plants en guía. After harvest, the piñas were rested for nine days before getting roasted underground with mesquite and a mix of local acacia woods in a cook that lasted the entirety of the week. Waiting another nine days, Jorge chopped the now orange-colored and caramelized agave in pieces small enough to pass through a mechanical shredder. Around 750kg of fibers filled one sabino wood vat which Jorge monitored over the course of two days. After 48 hours, nearly 500L of well water was added. Jorge observed the mash ferment for an additional nine days before the guarape and fibers were ready for distillation, alerting the maestro-in training through visual cues and the tale-tale particularities in its flavors and aromas. Upon double distillation in a 250L copper pot still and a few days wait for the liquid to settle, Jorge made a careful composition of heads, hearts, and a touch of tails to complete this production May 15, 2020.
The NETA team has known Jorge since he was in elementary school, and have watched him grow into a multi-talented and multi-faceted young man. In respect to his work around the palenque, it has been inspiring (abashedly, a little heart-warming) to witness Jorge dedicate himself with such enthusiasm and curiosity to the craft. Having held a long-standing relationship with the family, it is with great joy that they can share this delicious Bicuixe through Agave Mixtape and encourage the work of the next generation of producers in Logoche.
Agave Mixtape brings the best agave spirits together in one place – your place. Agave Mixtape is a subscription based service. Subscribers receive boxes with three 200ml bottles from three different brands – Lalocura, Mal Bien, and Neta (and maybe a few surprises) – filled with batches picked especially for Agave Mixtape, and not available anywhere else in the USA. Each box includes production notes on the batches, along with links to photos, and virtual tastings with the people behind the brands and the mezcaleros. You can subscribe directly from their website.
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.
Learn more about NETA:
- NETA – Spirit Distilled from Agave on the K&L Wines Spirits Journal blog
- NETA is finally here on Mezcalistas
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Creamy on the palate, buttery texture that leans into slate, bell pepper, jalapeño and a load of creamy frosting.
I love this. Really great expression of a wild agave, and delivers a wild profile.
Karwinskis from Miahuatlan are some of best Tasting Mezcals anywhere and this is no exception. Has a little saline but also ripe melon and fresh mint. Shared this with a Mezcal newbie and they were impressed, wasn’t overbearing.
Yup, super crushable. Piñuela, roses, jolly ranchers, smoke, roasted green vegetables, and mint. Slightly sweet and smokey.
Exquisite smell – floral & flowery. Taste brings rating down a bit for me, but still very enjoyable. Well rounded with the approachable cuishe sweetness. It’s hard for me not to like most mezcals from Miahuatlan either.
200ml from agave mixtape.
Zack Klamn509 reviews
Lot No: BCXJVS2005
Nose: Mint. Honeydew. Oatmeal.
Palate: Caramelized apple. Hint of dark chocolate. Celery. Thin mouth-feel but flavorful. A punchy, peppermint heat in the middle but then it subsides to a dry, warm finish. Slight numbing effect on the aftertaste.
Killer destilado, nice work NETA!
Lot BCXJVS2005. Aromas of sandalwood, toothpaste, and toasted oats. The palate has some melon and dried mango. It’s a bit caramelized with honey and maple, and it has some clove and nutmeg as well.
Crushable bicuixe. Stonefruit and asparagus, in the best way. Not too much depth, but not getting worked up about it as I almost drank half the bottle last night. Solid
Agave Mixtape Volume #3.
Clean and light with vanilla wafers, mango, powdered sugar, bubblegum, Watermelon Jolly Rancher, and honeydew melon. Delicious Miahuatlan Bicuixe!