NETA Espadín from Delfino & Sozimo Jarquín was originally released in the US as part of Agave Mixtape Vol 5.
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|Category:||Destilado de Agave|
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|Mezcalero:||Delfino Jarquín, Sozimo Jarquín|
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About this destilado de agave
NETA Espadín from Delfino & Sozimo Jarquín was originally released in the US as part of Agave Mixtape Vol 5. Per Agave Mixtape:
Spirits made by the Jarquín-Aquino family are true vestiges of old miahuateco styles and flavors. From harvest to distillation, the family continues to employ techniques and recipes that many others – for a multitude of reasons – have abandoned or altered over the last couple of decades.
Despite its laborious nature, they continue to mash the agave by hand with wooden mazos and occupy a particular recipe with a refrescadera that allows them to achieve a consistently high proof mezcal with a single pass through their small copper stills. Delfino proudly recalls dabbling with and promptly rejecting the new methods of distillation that were introduced in the early ‘90s, primarily through collaborative governmental and industry initiatives. While he did walk away from these programs with the new skill set of agave propagation through bulbil cloning, he was thoroughly unimpressed with the flavors, aromas, and overall quality of the “new” mezcal that were being made through double distillation, and in many cases, with the addition of water to lower the final alcohol content. Confident in the quality and character of his craft, Delfino returned to the ways he knows best, and has not deviated since. The family harvests and cooks agave only one time a year, with processing times dictated primarily by moon cycles and ambient temperatures. As such, distillation generally begins in the final stretch of April or the first week of May, and continues through the month with an annual production of around 1200-1800L, depending on the varying quantities of the different ripe agaves available each season. Most of this is sold fairly quickly on the local market through various channels, but with the platform of Agave Mixtape, it seemed like a fun idea to share a little bit with you folks back in the States.
The last name Jarquín is quite common among the mezcal producing villages of southern Oaxaca. The name itself is rooted in Arabic, with Moorish origins from the Iberian Peninsula. In certain communities in Miahuatlán, some attribute their original Jarquín ancestor has having descended into the valley from Zoquitlán sometime in the late 18th or early 19th century, bringing the tools and knowledge of copper distillation along with him.
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.
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