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Real Minero Arroqueño

Real Minero Arroqueño is made with Maguey Arroqueño, which can take upwards of 20 years to mature. This Mezcal is made sustainably in very small batches.

Rating: (11 reviews)
Brand:Real Minero
NOM:NOM-O37X
Mezcalero:Edgar Angeles, Lorenzo Angeles
Maguey:Arroqueño
Agave:Americana
Distillation:Clay Pot
Style:Joven
State:Oaxaca
Town:Santa Catarina Minas
ABV: ~49%
Age of plant: 20 years
Website: https://realminero.com.mx/, opens in new window

About this mezcal

Real Minero Arroqueño is a very rare find as it is only made in extremely small batches.  The maguey Arroqueño (Agave americana) takes an exceptionally long time to mature, which makes the sustainable production of this type of Mezcal a real challenge.  Fortunately, Graciela, who runs Real Minero Operations, has a keen eye for sustainability in business.  She is careful to continue her family’s tradition in the most environmental and ethical fashion possible.

Real Minero

Real Minero (previously Mezcal Real Minero) is considered by many to be one of the world’s finest mezcal producers. The Angeles family has been making mezcal for several generations in Santa Catarina Minas, Oaxaca. Their mezcal is made in small clay pot stills, and almost all of it is rested in glass for several months before bottling, giving the mezcal a much softer character. Outside of creating great spirits, they also have one of the largest and most diverse sustainable agave reforestation programs. With the help of the community, they’ve been able to rescue several agave varieties that were previously thought to be extinct. The ABV of each batch may vary slightly, so check your bottle for details.

In 2020, the brand began dropping the word “mezcal” from their labels. The term “traditional” replaces the CRM “ancestral” designation. Shortly thereafter, the brand officially parted ways with the certification process; all future releases will be labeled as “agave spirits” or something similar. Despite the label changes, nothing significant about their production process has changed over years.

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Real Minero Arroqueno

Member rating

4.32 out of 5

11 reviews

jlum4

jlum4

11 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars7 months ago

ARMA-04
clay and banana bread all day, really great mouthfeel as well

bluImbibe

bluImbibe

40 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars12 months ago

Nose: salty mineral, coffee grounds, banana, heavy cream,

Palate: very mineral, slight coffee grounds, oak, there’s a slight fishy taste as well ; high heat but after the vapors dissipate you get honey, molasses, unripe pear, and raisins for a while

I want to give this bottle a higher score; it’s been opening up on my back bar for 2 or 3 months but when I decide to see if the flavors have developed I still get that clay minerality from production. It definitely opens up after you pour it and warm it up but the flavors are so subtle I think it will be a hard sell for the average consumer especially for the price point.

Nose: salty mineral, coffee grounds, banana, heavy cream,
Palate: very mineral, slight coffee grounds, oak, there’s a slight fishy taste as well ; high heat but after the vapors dissipate you get honey, molasses, unripe pear, and raisins for a while
I want to give this bottle a higher score; it’s been opening up on my back bar for 2 or 3 months but when I decide to see if the flavors have developed I still get that clay minerality from production. It definitely opens up after you po

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Zack Klamn

Zack Klamn

542 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars3 years ago

Nose – Fresh cut pineapple. Light cream cheese. Slight smokiness.

Palate – Two memorable tasting notes from this: a smoky, Pina Colada cocktail and a quality, cigar wrapper flavor. This was a 2 oz. copita, didn’t get the batch number from the bartender. Great stuff!

t8ke

t8ke

144 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars3 years ago

Batch AMA-04 — Rich on the palate. Clove, funky garlic, clay, minerality, sweet cocoa and cream. A hint of cream cheese frosting. Lovely and interesting.

Fascinating, delicious, a good blend of savory and sweet flavors. This arroqueno really reaches deep to cement itself as a sublimely unique Arroqueno expression, and I can’t help but love every second of it.

rsidrys

rsidrys

50 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars3 years ago

Bold bananas, caramel, and chocolate. Sweet, intense, and delicious. Could pass for a banana fosters liqueur. Tempted to buy a bottle, but it’s quite pricey.

ARMA-04, 2020

meserole

meserole

73 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars3 years ago

By now I’ve learned that Arroqueños tend toward the “darker” side for mezcals. Not necessarily my cup of tea, but this one is exemplary. Pretty hot on the tongue, but after a bit of priming, flavors of leather, butter, root beer, and an overall salty/umami profile are quite rewarding.

Tasted at the Real Minero palenque in March 2021. Not sure of batch/lot details.

razorbackmike

razorbackmike

160 reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 stars3 years ago

nothing half way about this mezcal! perhaps the boldest i have ever had! clocks in at 53 %.nose is sweet with taffy and leather.palate is very dark and rich.dark spices,black pepper,molasses.i dont get any hint of lightness.heavy hitter with a finish that is dark,sweet and goes on for a week!this goes into my category of a winter mezcal.might be too much for hot weather.incredible!

TheAgaveFairy

TheAgaveFairy

169 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars4 years ago

White chocolate bomb. Waffle cones, vanilla, yeast, like, it’s a white chocolate bomb on the nose, browned butter, the lightest of brazil nut. Complex, slightest hint of plantain. Proof well in control. Fruitier coming from the Vago 2019 Arro en barro. At $193 or so, I think I’ll pass. Good, but the bar is really high as are the prices.

Rakhal

Rakhal

421 reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 stars4 years ago

RMA-08. My favorite Real Minero. Very complex, interesting, well made Mezcal. Love this one!

Jonny

Jonny

708 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars5 years ago

RMA-05 from 2016. Bottle 126/133. Aromas of spearmint, banana bread, and cantaloupe. The palate is incredible. It’s nutty with hints of rawhide and blueberry muffins. A little meaty and thick with notes of leather and mud. Minty finish. Super hard to find this but worth the hunt!

GreenspointTexas

GreenspointTexas

385 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars5 years ago

2013 vintage

Extremely complex

Long awesome finish

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