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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: (1 review)
Brand:Real Minero Mezcal
NOM:NOM-O37X
Mezcalero:Edgar Angeles
Agave:Barril, Mexicano
Grind:Hand
Distillation:Clay Pot
Style:Ensamble
State:Oaxaca
Town:Santa Catarina Minas
ABV: 53.3%
Age of plant: 12-15 years
Batch size: 245
Release year: 2018
Website: https://realminero.com.mx/
About this mezcal

Real Minero Barril, Cuishe is made with agave Barril (Karwinskii) and agave Cuishe (Rhodacantha). While 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 agave 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 Mezcal

Real Minero is considered 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 smoother and 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.

1 review

5 of out 5 stars


GreenspointTexas on Nov 11, 2018

34 reviews

  • Overall:

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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