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Real Minero Arroqueno

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

Rating: (7 reviews)
Brand:Real Minero Mezcal
Mezcalero:Don Lorenzo Angeles, Edgar Angeles
Distillation:Clay Pot
Town:Santa Catarina Minas
ABV: 49%
Age of plant: 20 years
Website: http://realminero.com.mx/, opens in new window
About this mezcal

Real Minero Arroqueno is a very rare find as it is only made in extremely small batches.  The maguey Arroqueno (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 Mezcal

Real Minero is considered by many to be one of the world's finest Mezcal producers. The family has been making mezcal for several generations in Santa Catarina Minas, and they're known both in Mexico and abroad for creating some of the best bottles available. All of 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.

Read more about our visit to the Real Minero Agave Nursery and Palenque Tour.

Listen to Graciela Angeles Carreño talk about her family's production on the Show De Vie Podcast: Ep 291 – Graciela Angeles Carreño – The Real Thing.

7 reviews

4.57 out of 5



49 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars23 hours 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



62 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars4 months 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.



123 reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 stars6 months 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!



153 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars6 months 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.



307 reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 stars1 year ago

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



506 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars2 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!



264 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars2 years ago

2013 vintage

Extremely complex

Long awesome finish

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