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Real Minero Barril, Cuishe

Real Minero Barril, Cuishe is a hand milled mezcal that is fermented in open air with natural yeasts and distilled in small clay pots.

Rating: (5 reviews)
Brand:Real Minero
Mezcalero:Edgar Angeles
Maguey:Barril, Cuishe
Agave:Karwinskii, Rhodacantha
Distillation:Clay Pot
Town:Santa Catarina Minas
ABV: 53.3%
Age of plant: 12-15 years
Batch size: 245
Release year: 2018
Website: https://realminero.com.mx/, opens in new window

About this mezcal

Real Minero Barril, Cuishe is made with maguey Barril (agave Karwinskii) and maguey Cuishe (Rhodacantha). While maguey Cuishe is a Karwinskii agave in most communities, it’s a Rhodacantha in Santa Catarina Minas, where this mezcal is made. Most other Oaxacan communities would call this maguey Mexicano. The black label of this mezcal indicates that it is an Ancestral Mezcal, while most of their other releases are Artisinal Mezcal. Essentially this means that rather than using a shredder to mill the cooked agave, they milled this batch by hand with mallets. While there are other stipulations to being considered Ancestral, the shredding of agave is the only reason Real Minero doesn’t call all of their mezcal Ancestral. Milling by hand rather than a shredder creates an enormous amount of (literally) back breaking work. Distilled in March of 2018, this mezcal is 67% Barril and 33% Cuishe.

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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5 reviews



12 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars4 years ago

Lot ARMBC-01 from 2018 by Edgar Angeles Carreno. Bottle 236/245, 53.3% ABV.

Another hit from Real Minero. Nose is grassy and slightly citrusy with no acetone, really hiding its 53% ABV. Palate is full-bodied and complex with flavors of freshly cut grass, dark chocolate, coconut, and pine. Perfectly balanced and drinks well below its proof. Medium long finish of forest floor and minerals. Terrific blend of Barril and Mexicano.



23 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars5 years ago

Nice notes of citrus, wet leaves, chocolate, strong minerals, soft butter, and very smooth like any Real Minero.



229 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars5 years ago

The Cuishe (Minas Cuishe is Mexicano)is only 33% but it comes though strong on this one. Chocolatey up front. Grassy Barril shines through on the finish.

Nic Hnastchenko

Nic Hnastchenko

108 reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 stars5 years ago

Bottle 009/245, Batch ARMBC-01 from March 2018 by Edgar Angeles Carreno.

Was looking for an ensamble or a Karwinskii with some minerality and fruity flavors, and this checked all 4. Really loved this, always a treat trying some of the new Real Minero bottles, all very well rounded, and a nice heavy hitter at 53%. (This bottle have every piece of information you could possibly ask for and its the best thing ever)



385 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars6 years ago

Saw this on the shelf at the liquor store with only one bottle left. $109.99

Intoxicating nose of citrus, flowers, grass, smoke, and slight earth.

Taste is much of the same. Goes down easy, very little burn. Cant believe this is over 100 proof.

Nice medium length finish with a slight bit of oil and minerality.

Overall: impressive. Worth picking up. The best ensamble ive had from RM

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