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Real Minero Largo, Becuela

Real Minero Largo, Becuela is made in the beautiful town of Santa Catarina Minas, Oaxaca, by maestro mezcalero Edgar Angeles.

Rating: (5 reviews)
Cost:$$$$
Brand:Real Minero
NOM:NOM-O37X
Mezcalero:Edgar Angeles
Maguey:Becuela, Largo
Agave:Karwinskii, Marmorata
Grind:Hand
Distillation:Clay Pot
Style:Ensamble
State:Oaxaca
Town:Santa Catarina Minas
ABV: 50.78%
Website: https://realminero.com.mx/, opens in new window

About this mezcal

Real Minero Largo, Becuela is made with Maguey Largo (agave Karwinskii) and Maguey Becuela (agave Marmorata). Maestro Edgar Angeles Carreno hand-mashed the agave in a stone pit, fermented them with well water, and double distilled in Filipino style clay pot stills. The batch produced in 2019 produced just 86 bottles.

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

4.3 out of 5

ricebucket

ricebucket

2 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars9 months ago

Bought one on the spot. Excellent smooth finish, somehow vegetal and floral at the same time. I’ll be enjoying this one for a while.

Zack Klamn

Zack Klamn

471 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars9 months ago

Tried at the RM palenque tasting room. Very pronounced tepeztate (becuela) in the nose and initial flavors on the palate – green and vegetal. But then a lovely floral, clay and candy finish. An incredible ensamble!

Soxfan

Soxfan

18 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars2 years ago

Bottle 13/86. Batch ARMLB-04 from 2019. 50.78% ABV. When you stop to think that only 65 liters were produced, you must remind yourself how lucky you are to experience such a truly artisanal spirit. I like this bottle very much. Not surprising, as I love Largo and have never been disappointed yet by any bottle of Real Minero.

UPDATE 12/22/21: Went back to this bottle for the first time in a year or more. How can a spirit be so biting and smooth at the same time? Almost astringent at first, then reverberating deliciousness that kicks in and stays there for a long time. I’ll be rationing what’s left in this bottle.

Bottle 13/86. Batch ARMLB-04 from 2019. 50.78% ABV. When you stop to think that only 65 liters were produced, you must remind yourself how lucky you are to experience such a truly artisanal spirit. I like this bottle very much. Not surprising, as I love Largo and have never been disappointed yet by any bottle of Real Minero.
UPDATE 12/22/21: Went back to this bottle for the first time in a year or more. How can a spirit be so biting and smooth at the same time? Almost astringent at first, then r

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Derekac7

Derekac7

19 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars2 years ago

Solid Mezcal. Earthy and robust agave. The clay distillation comes through nicely, and ends with peppery spice. Does not disappoint, which is what I’ve come to expect with Real Minero.

Squashplayer

Squashplayer

36 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars2 years ago

Another winner from Eduardo! Fresh ripe bananas on the initial nose but more earthy clay notes when I came back to it after some time in the glass. The palate has some crisp green pepper notes and a little but of heat which I imagine is from the 13% Becuela ( think Tepextate). Opens up beautifully in the copita over time. Worth searching out

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