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NETA Madrecuixe – Paula Aquino Sánchez

NETA Madrecuixe from Paula Aquino Sánchez was released as part of Agave Mixtape volume 7. She is a member of the fourth generation of the two founding mezcal producing families of Logoche, Oaxaca.

Rating: (6 reviews)
Category:Destilado de Agave
Brand:Agave Mixtape, NETA
Mezcalero:Paula Aquino Sánchez
Maguey:Madrecuishe
Agave:Karwinskii
Grind:Hand, Shredder
Distillation:Copper
Style:Joven
State:Oaxaca
Town:San Luis Amatlan
ABV: 47.5%
Website: https://netaspirits.com/, opens in new window

About this destilado de agave

NETA Madrecuixe from Paula Aquino Sánchez was released as part of Agave Mixtape volume 7. Paula is a member of the fourth generation of the two founding mezcal producing families of Logoche, Oaxaca; she has a deep understanding of the craft from farming to distillation. Many of their productions made in Logoche are made collectively between the family, but Paula also has her own land with her own agave. She makes and sells select batches independently.

The 160 liter batch featured in Agave Mixtape volume 7 of 100% Maguey Madrecuixe is a reflection of Paula’s skill and expertise as a true master distiller. Paula and her husband Hermogenes’ palenque is shared with four other families. For the Agave Mixtape batch, Paula helped out her compadre, Chepe, and purchased upwards of 1,200kg of Madrecuixe that he had cooked in their horno in October 2020. Chepe harvested the mix of guía and quiotudo agaves of vastly different sizes from distinct parcels of land, blending flavors from red, black, and red soil types.

Agave Mixtape

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

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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6 reviews

3.5 out of 5

Jonny

Jonny

548 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars1 month ago

Aromas of dryer sheets, cardboard, particleboard, and stewed tomatoes. The palate has more notes of stewed vegetables, raw honey, rotting wood, dried figs, and raisins. Given this is a karwinskii from this region, the overall character of this is surprising. It’s complex but not my favorite. That said, I could see why others might like this more. Lot MDXPLA2011

Tyler

Tyler

547 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars3 months ago

Reminds me of her Bicuixe with the mint flavors. The Karwinskii dry wood aspect has a bit of a sour note mid-palate. There are some fun vegetable notes in there like zucchini skin. I enjoy this but in certain ways it seems the agave flavors are a bit muted. I’ll reiterate my Bicuixe review in saying that I think she’d make a killer Espadin! This is a very graceful distillate nonetheless but I think the higher sugar content of Espadin might be a good match for her craft. The other reviewers are correct about the flavor dissipating rather quickly. Agave Mixtape vol. 07 batch.

Reminds me of her Bicuixe with the mint flavors. The Karwinskii dry wood aspect has a bit of a sour note mid-palate. There are some fun vegetable notes in there like zucchini skin. I enjoy this but in certain ways it seems the agave flavors are a bit muted. I’ll reiterate my Bicuixe review in saying that I think she’d make a killer Espadin! This is a very graceful distillate nonetheless but I think the higher sugar content of Espadin might be a good match for her craft. The other rev

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GreenspointTexas

GreenspointTexas

338 reviews
Rated 3 out of 5 stars3 months ago

Its fine. No notes. Really nothing stood out

COak

COak

174 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars3 months ago

This one grew on me as the bottle went. It has a pleasant nose. However it’s lacking a strong finish and flavors don’t stick around. Tangy, sweet & minerals.

donpedro

donpedro

39 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars4 months ago

Wet cardboard and rotting asparagus on the nose with a bit of acetone. Super weird on the palate – sweet and tangy with hints of strawberry Runts. Flavors disappear relatively quickly. Very interesting, but not my personal fave.

Zack Klamn

Zack Klamn

397 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars5 months ago

Nose – Alfalfa sprouts and wet soil. Rubber Band-Aids. This stands out as it’s got a slight funky smell (sort of blue cheese like) compared to Madrecuishe mezcals I’ve had in the past.

Palate – The underlying sweetness for me is definitely cherry-flavor Fun Dip (brings me back!). Fresh and quite floral as well. Mouthfeel is thin. The smoke is light. Not gangbusters, but overall it’s pretty nice.

9/28 update: This bottle got better with a bit of air – actually more funky/barnyard – but very enjoyable.

Nose – Alfalfa sprouts and wet soil. Rubber Band-Aids. This stands out as it’s got a slight funky smell (sort of blue cheese like) compared to Madrecuishe mezcals I’ve had in the past.
Palate – The underlying sweetness for me is definitely cherry-flavor Fun Dip (brings me back!). Fresh and quite floral as well. Mouthfeel is thin. The smoke is light. Not gangbusters, but overall it’s pretty nice.
9/28 update: This bottle got better with a bit of air – actually

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