NETA Madrecuixe Bicuixe was distilled by Primitivo Vásquez in March 2020 using 55% cultivated Madrecuixe and 45% wild Bicuixe.
NETA Madrecuixe Bicuixe – Primitivo Vásquez
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|Batch size:||150 liters|
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About this mezcal
NETA Madrecuixe Bicuixe was distilled by Primitivo Vásquez in March 2020 using 55% cultivated Maguey Madrecuixe (Agave karwinskii) and 45% wild Maguey Bicuixe (Agave karwinskii). Tivo and his cousins cooked the 25 piñas of Madrecuixe and 60 piñas of Bicuixe with mesquite and guamuchil wood for five days, placing them on top and around edges of the oven to spare the delicate plants from the strong heat of the rocks at the bottom of the horno. The cooked agaves were rested for 4 days before being milled using a machete and shredder. The fibers dry fermented for 48 hours before fermenting for 9 additional days with well water. Finally, it was double distilled in copper pots under low heat resulting in a delicate balance of the heads, hearts, and a touch of high ABV shishe.
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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.
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For me this is a perfect Miahuatlan Karwinskii Ensamble. It’s on the same level as Mezcalero 22 and 16. Pound cake, vanilla frosting, coconut milk, Thai iced tea. This is definitely my jam.
Enjoyable karwinski ensamble. Has some cherry sweetness as others have described with some of that light dryness from the bicuixe. Nice long finish.
A fruity and sweet karwinkii which is less dry as you sip more. The flavor of the first outer layer of a Lemonhead is here along with some teriyaki (nice note Zack!) and cotton candy. Once your palate warms up the Lemonhead is replaced with strawberry bon-bons. It’s good. Sometimes Bicuixe can make a mezcal too dry and this is rich with flavor. Batch ENSPMV2004 from Agave Mixtape volume 6.
Bubble gum powder, burlap, mulch, sherry. Really strange combo that just works.
Zack is spot on with the cherry notes. I also get aromas of green banana, oily poultry, and pencil eraser. Actually, I get the whole No. 2 pencil here. Eraser on the nose, cedar wood shaft on the palate, and graphite tip on the finish. Smoked chicken and grilled peaches on the palate as well, and the finish is somewhat medicinal (re: old school cherry Robitussin).
Zack Klamn512 reviews
Lot No: ENSPMV2004
Nose – Cherry Loops gummy candy. Geraniums. Very light smoke.
Palate – Rose water. Peppermint heat and a good amount of it for 45% ABV. Smoky, charred bbq teriyaki chicken. Extremely long, perfume finish. A nice aftertaste even a couple minutes later – lingering smoke, cherry gummy, earthy (soil) but a tad bitter.