NETA Bicuixe from maestra mezcalera Paula Aquino Sánchez is produced using the maguey bicuixe (Agave karwinskii).
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|Category:||Destilado de Agave|
|Mezcalero:||Paula Aquino Sánchez|
|Batch size:||Lot BCXPAS1903: 185 liters|
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About this destilado de agave
NETA Bicuixe from maestra mezcalera Paula Aquino Sánchez was produced using Bicuixe plants harvested from a parcel of land (white limestone soils) she inherited from her late father. Various kinds of copal trees (Bursera) grow alongside the agaves, expressing elements of their symbiotic relationship in this spirits’ aromas and flavors.
In Miahuatlán, the maguey Bicuixe is perhaps the most prevalent of the micro-endemic Agave karwinskii. While it is primarily a wild species, it could also be considered semi-cultivated as it is frequently transplanted and used to demarcate property lines and prevent soil erosion in the fields. This subspecies is far from uniform in appearance as there are multiple phenotypes and ecotypes, but one of its primary characteristics is its long and relatively thin tree-like stalk, often larger than the actual piña in size. While the Bicuixe piña has a moderate sugar content, they are small in comparison to other A. karwinskii varietals and have a much larger stalk to piña ratio, which can translate into slightly bitter notes, lending the distilled spirit an incredible balance of flavors. The Bicuixe, or Cuixe, as it can also be called in the area, plays such a quintessential role in local mezcal and agave spirits production that it could be considered the most archetypal and definitive expression of the tierras and culturas of Miahuatlán.
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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