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NETA Espadin

NETA Espadín was distilled by Mezcalero Candido García Cruz in March 2015. Candido works with quiotudo agaves, meaning he cuts each plant’s quiote before it has a chance to flower.

Rating: (4 reviews)
Category:Destilado de Agave
Brand:NETA
Mezcalero:Candido García Cruz
Agave:Espadin
Grind:Hand, Shredder
Distillation:Copper
Style:Joven
State:Oaxaca
Town:Miahuatlan
Batch size: 900 liters
Release year: 2019
Website: https://netaspirits.com/
About this destilado de agave

NETA Espadín was distilled by Mezcalero Candido García Cruz in March 2015. Candido works with quiotudo agaves, meaning he cuts each plant’s quiote before it has a chance to flower. This concentrates the agave’s sugar in the piña rather than sending the energy towards reproduction but requires extra time for each plant to fully ripen. The extra time improves the yield of each piña and develops a richness of flavor.

In March 2015, under the light of a full moon, Candido and his family harvested 90 gigantic, quiotudo Espadín plants from a mineral-rich parcel of their land. On this parcel, they grow their maguey alongside alternating crops of the corn, beans, and squash that provide much of the food for their family. Later that month, they roasted the sugar-rich piñas with mesquite wood in their earthen oven. The cooked piñas rested for a week before being chopped by machete and passed through a mechanical mill. The dry fibers were let to sit for two days before they added filtered water to the fermentation tanks. After 16 days of fermentation, the tepache was ready for distillation. Candido worked the copper pot stills with his two daughters. He adjusted the richness of the batch with heads, hearts, and común macizo, which yielded roughly 900 liters of this destilado de Espadín.

NETA

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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4 reviews

4 of out 5 stars


PDutton

PDutton

65 reviews
1 week ago

49.15%

Nose: Acidic, green espadin, with some of that vinegar funk I think might come with a long fermentation (raicilla is a different but similar acidic funk). Lemon WarHeads, mix of cilantro and mints, scallops, icing sugars. Busy nose! Bitter orange peel, allspice, some sweet mulch, all behind that Lemon WarHead body. Overripe pineapple / ester notes seem to slowly emerge to me.

Palate: More body than expected, certainly some acidity but not as wild as expected, though there is a sour liveliness throughout. Sour mostly on entry, then sweetness growing into the finish with some tints of bitterness and citric acid. Mint and (something sour) on the retronasal, with cilantro and a gentle and high quality white wine [vinegar] almost finish with some minerality. Smoke is quite low, though perceptable. Something lactic is present, not sure exactly what to call it.

Thoughts: Been recovering from a few weeks of illness and haven’t reviewed anything in 3-4 weeks. This is acidic without going too far, with complexity and good control. Post-review reading about this, and I was quite correct about fermentation times, and my hunch that they take care to cut quiotes for very ripe agaves with good resting periods seems confirmed, explaining the estery notes.

Conclusion: A lot of time and care went into this more extreme espadin, I think I’ll give it a solid 6/10. Would have to imagine this is a more divisive mezcal, but it would be so fun to pour next to another Miahuatlan espadin – (just did next to Vago Jarquin, hehe, quite different!).

49.15%
Nose: Acidic, green espadin, with some of that vinegar funk I think might come with a long fermentation (raicilla is a different but similar acidic funk). Lemon WarHeads, mix of cilantro and mints, scallops, icing sugars. Busy nose! Bitter orange peel, allspice, some sweet mulch, all behind that Lemon WarHead body. Overripe pineapple / ester notes seem to slowly emerge to me.
Palate: More body than expected, certainly some acidity but not as wild as expected, though there is a sour liveli

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CampStars

CampStars

10 reviews
4 months ago

The price is right with this small-batch mezcal when so much love, time and labor are involved. I’m happy to pay for high quality and delicious mezcal. This one is about to blow up and it’s so deserved. I am obsessed!

El_Cura

El_Cura

24 reviews
5 months ago

Very good Espadin but overpriced.

Tyler

Tyler

346 reviews
6 months ago

Clean cinnamon sweetness like a Cinnabon from a 5-star restaurant. Lemony backend. Incredible velvet finish. One of my favorites of the five NETA releases that are in the US.

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