Real Minero Marteño, Barril is produced by mezcalero Edgar Angeles at the palenque that he designed (as an architect) in Santa Catarina Minas, Oaxaca.
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About this mezcal
Real Minero Marteño, Barril is made with maguey Marteño and maguey 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 (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.
- Real Minero agave nursery tour on Mezcal Reviews
- Real Minero palenque tour on Mezcal Reviews
- 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.