NETA Tepextate, Cucharillo, Madrecuixe, Espadín, Bicuixe, and Tobalá was produced by Celedonio Aquino Gutíerrez as part of Agave Mixtape Vol. 8.
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|Brand:||Agave Mixtape, NETA|
|Mezcalero:||Celedonio Aquino Gutíerrez|
|Maguey:||Bicuishe, Espadin, Madrecuishe, Tepeztate, Tobala|
|Agave:||Angustifolia, Karwinskii, Marmorata, Potatorum|
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About this destilado
NETA Tepextate, Cucharillo, Madrecuixe, Espadín, Bicuixe, and Tobalá was produced by Celedonio Aquino Gutíerrez as part of Agave Mixtape Vol. 8. Per Agave Mixtape:
Tío Celedonio generally reserves his work with agave for the dry months of the year, making only a few hundred liters annually from a mix of homegrown and wild-harvested agave. His family recalls their traditions of distillation dating back to 1808, with an Aquino ancestor arriving to the Lachigüizo from Zoquitlán, with copper pots in stow. A couple generations later, they relocated just down the river to Logoche, founding one of the first clandestine palenques in the village, around the turn of the 20th century. While tools, technology, and legal status have changed, Celedonio and his wife, Telesfora, continue to uphold the agrarian and gastronomic traditions of the region and distill with great pride.
For those curious, there were nine piñas of Tepextate, eight Cucharillo, 15 Madrecuixe, 10 Espadín, 20 Bicuixe, and 7 piñas of Tobalá. In crafting this ensamble, Celedonio harvest enough agave and dasylirion plants from one plot of tierra café to fill two fermentation vats with around 700kg each, topping them off with 300L of well water. The end result is a definitively Miahuateco ensamble with a rich texture and heavy minerality; the natural sweetness of the mature and perfectly cooked agave and Cucharillo play well with the salinity of the soil and water of the region.
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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