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Real Minero Marteño, Barril

Real Minero Marteño, Barril is produced by mezcalero Edgar Angeles at the palenque that he designed (as an architect) in Santa Catarina Minas, Oaxaca.

Rating: (3 reviews)
Cost:$$$$
Brand:Real Minero Mezcal
NOM:NOM-O37X
Mezcalero:Edgar Angeles
Agave:Barril
Grind:Hand
Distillation:Clay Pot
Style:Ensamble
State:Oaxaca
Town:Santa Catarina Minas
ABV:53.38%
Website:https://realminero.com.mx/
About this mezcal

Real Minero Marteño, Barril is made with agave Marteño and agave Barril. While many consider these two agaves synonymous and identical to the untrained eye, it’s important to remember that many producers in Oaxaca are using the agave naming conventions that have been passed on for generations. Many of these local names may be applied to denote very small differences in the same general agave species (Like both of these agaves are Karwinskii). Some of the differences may be physical in appearance. They could be differences the agaves create in production, or even differences in where the agave are grown (For example, if the agave grows on a certain hill it might be Marteño, but if it grows near the stream it might be Barril).

So this mezcal is made with agave Karwinksii that are mashed by hand and double distilled in small clay pots. Edgar Angeles is becoming very well-known for his high-proof Ensambles like this, produced at his family’s palenque in Santa Catarina Minas, Oaxaca.

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.

3 reviews

4 out of 5


TheAgaveFairy

TheAgaveFairy

82 reviews
1 week ago

ARBM-01. Sweeter, a little spicier than the RM Largo I just tasted side by side, but the fruits remain as elusive. Raspberries and white chocolate, bright orange-like citrus (satsumas, that kinda thing), and more obvious white chocolate. There’s a touch of spent tea leaves

Palate: Softer style of sweetness, more delicate and floral entry, lots of orange blossom and like green tea with orange peel in it and touches of coconut. There’s a real vibrancy to it, slightly more acidic I think.

ARBM-01. Sweeter, a little spicier than the RM Largo I just tasted side by side, but the fruits remain as elusive. Raspberries and white chocolate, bright orange-like citrus (satsumas, that kinda thing), and more obvious white chocolate. There’s a touch of spent tea leaves
Palate: Softer style of sweetness, more delicate and floral entry, lots of orange blossom and like green tea with orange peel in it and touches of coconut. There’s a real vibrancy to it, slightly more acidic I think.

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SpencerS

SpencerS

13 reviews
4 months ago

One of 260 bottles produced courtesy of Austin Shaker.

This one lacks the finesse and elegance of other Real Minero mezcals I’ve tried. The nose is very earthy with lots of roasted peanuts signature to the clay pots used for distilling. I also pick up funky overripe fruit and cheese notes. The palate is somewhat overwhelming with nothing shining through distinctively. This is probably due to the high ABV (53.4%). Very warm notes overall, with peanuts, nutmeg, wood, and banana peel.
The burn is a little too prevalent. This mezcal would probably be better at a lower ABV. Overall, not my favorite but is still made at the masterful hands of Edgar Carreño so still solid.

One of 260 bottles produced courtesy of Austin Shaker.
This one lacks the finesse and elegance of other Real Minero mezcals I’ve tried. The nose is very earthy with lots of roasted peanuts signature to the clay pots used for distilling. I also pick up funky overripe fruit and cheese notes. The palate is somewhat overwhelming with nothing shining through distinctively. This is probably due to the high ABV (53.4%). Very warm notes overall, with peanuts, nutmeg, wood, and banana peel.
The burn is

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GreenspointTexas

GreenspointTexas

174 reviews
5 months ago

Another Austin Shaker “exclusive.” Anyone that has ever had a beligian gueuze beer can sympathize. Funk. Hay. Saddle blanket. Sour beer. Lactic. Oranges. Yeast. And a bunch of other flavors I cant put my finger on. Very complex, but not sure if thats a good thing with this one. Would love to see what oxygen does with this one.

Man, on 2nd and 3rd sip… still getting spontaneously fermented oak aged wild ales. Crazy. A one of a kind mezcal

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