Real Minero Sierrudo is made with maguey Sierrudo that were saved from local extinction over two decades ago by the Angeles family that produces Real Minero.
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|Town:||Santa Catarina Minas|
|Age of plant:||18-25 years|
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About this mezcal
Real Minero Sierrudo is made by maestro Edgar Angeles with maguey Sierrudo, which is a lighter hued subspecies of the massive agave Americana (related to Arroqueno and Sierra Negra). In Santa Catarina Minas, this agave takes from 18 to 25 years to mature. Two decades ago, the Sierrudo variety was nearly extinct in this region. It’s thanks to the efforts of mezcaleros with a preservationist perspective, like the Angeles family of Real Minero, that this agave is still available today. As with all Real Minero, this agave is harvested sustainably to allow for re-plantation and future distillation.
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.