NETA Espadín + Jabalín from Ramón and Wilfredo García was initially a summer 2020 release. Lot RWPENS001 was just 240 bottles.
NETA Espadín + Jabalín
|Rating:||(4 reviews) - Write a review|
|Category:||Destilado de Agave|
|Mezcalero:||Ramón Garcia, Wilfredo García|
|Batch size:||Lot RWPENS001: 240 bottles|
|Website:||https://netaspirits.com/, opens in new window|
About this destilado de agave
NETA Espadín + Jabalín from Ramón and Wilfredo García was initially a summer 2020 release. According to NETA:
Brothers Ramón and Wilfredo García teamed up with their cousin and neighbor, Hugo, to make these 200 liters of ensamble in January 2019. Selecting only ripe, quiotudo maguey, the three palenqueros co-roasted and for seven days, co-fermented nearly equal parts of home grown Espadín harvested from a fertile red soil parcel with wild Jabalín from black earthen family lands from a neighboring community. The most traditional recipes in the region typically involve a mixing of different types of maguey, with “single-agave” productions generally being more recent innovations. That said, the inclusion of the 18 piñas of Espadín were intended to increase the yield, but most importantly, to temper the excessive foaming of the Jabalín that occurs during both the fermentation and distillation. With the addition of 35 piñas of Jabalín, the freshly harvested magueyes rested for five days before roasting for another five-day stretch with local mesquite wood. After letting the cooked piñas sit and cool for three days, the maguey was chopped with a machete and shredded. Filling three sabino fermentation tanks, the dry fibers required 48 hours before deemed ready for distillation. The three palenqueros decided to make their final cut a little higher than they had in the past, and split the hearts and the tails at around 40% Alc. by Vol. A careful blend was created until the three were satisfied with the perlas and the lasting bubbly presence of a cordón cerrado.
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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ABV 48.1% Lot #RWPENS001
My wife purchased this bottle and two other bottles of NETA after a tasting at Madre Restaurant in West Hollywood at the end of June 2021. I do like a straight jabili, and I am still trying to locate the foundation of what the flavors of a jabili happen to be. This blend seems to take the jabili out of the front seat though. This expression has mild fruit on the nose, a bit of mango as well as a latex aroma and candlewax. The flavor is altogether different, floral, mildly sweet, a slight astringent character, and a coriander flavor. The heat is medium and the flavor lingers a short while on the palate. While I think the espadin adds a nice balance, I do still prefer the straight flavor of a 100% jabili. Admittedly, the difficult process of fermenting and distilling this agave can necessitate making an ensemble. On the whole, this is still a very well-made mezcal, more of a 4.25 out of 5 stars for me.
ABV 48.1% Lot #RWPENS001
My wife purchased this bottle and two other bottles of NETA after a tasting at Madre Restaurant in West Hollywood at the end of June 2021. I do like a straight jabili, and I am still trying to locate the foundation of what the flavors of a jabili happen to be. This blend seems to take the jabili out of the front seat though. This expression has mild fruit on the nose, a bit of mango as well as a latex aroma and candlewax. The flavor is altogether different, flo
Zack Klamn511 reviews
Nose – Sambuca ice cream. Hay. Grilled chicken breast.
Palate – Black licorice. Fresh papaya. Fruit punch jellybean. Mouth feel is a bit thin but there is a nice, hot punch in the middle. Finish and aftertaste take a smokier and meatier turn – quite dry as well. All in all, this is pretty good stuff.
Good start. Fruity flavors such as sweet papaya. Not bad.
Lot:RWPENS001. Very tasty Mezcal. Vanilla wafers, under ripe banana, butterscotch, fresh thyme, honeysuckle flowers, mango, and pineapple. Yum. It seems like NETA can do no wrong.