Rezpiral Arroqueno is made by Reina Sanchez. She is well known throughout the region as one of the more unique distillers in all of Oaxaca.
Rezpiral Arroqueno – Reina Sanchez
|Rating:||(4 reviews) - Write a review|
|Category:||Destilado de Agave|
|Town:||San Luis Amatlan|
|Age of plant:||11 years|
|Website:||https://rezpiral.com/, opens in new window|
About this destilado de agave
Rezpiral Arroqueno is part of the third series of small batch mezcals delivered to the US by Rezpiral. This mezcal was made by the renowned Reina Sanchez at her palenque in San Luis Amatlan, which is located at the end of a long dirt road, about an hour outside the town of Miahuatlan, Oaxaca. Reina’s mezcal is showcased at the finest mezcalerias in Oaxaca. This mezcal was made with agave that were cooked in a pit oven, mashed by hand with mallets, and double distilled in a copper still.
2018, series #3: A curated collection of eleven agave spirits crafted from four independent artisan maestros collaborating with the project. Labels in this series are hand drawn as before, and individually silk-screened labels, some with multiple colors.
2019, series #4, first release: A hand-selected selection of fifteen beautifully complex artisanal small batch agave spirits – by Abel Martinez of Santo Domingo Albarradas, Berta & Mario Vasquez of San Baltazar Chichicapam, Aureliano Hernandez of San Baltazar Guelevila, Reina Sanchez of San Luis Amatlan, Leonardo of San Baltazar Guelevila, and Simeon & Apolonio Ramirez of San Agustin Amatengo. Labels in this series were printed on a handful of colored fiber papers including amate (shown below presenting Berta’s ensamble).
Rezpiral brings selections of high-quality traditional small-batch (non-certified) Mezcals into a handful of places in the USA. At the core of the project is the embrace of an ethos that aims to respect and support the multi-generational knowledge, independence, flavors, lands, and ways of each mezcalero family.
Rezpiral’s small scale allows for the advocacy of diversity on different levels, from supporting the autonomy of producers & their continued production of artisanal mezcals to the preservation of local land control. Rezpiral actively supports master artisan’s proactive planting and management of agave; recollecting and incubating seeds, transplanting and farming diverse species of endemic agave in sustainable ways. Rezpiral directs 10% of earnings back into supporting artisans farming.
Rezpiral has a regional greenhouse to support independent small scale mezcaleros in cultivating and reforesting their lands with local endangered wild agave varietals. They also are highly focused on a cultural and conservation residency program.
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Series 4, it’s a good one. I didn’t find it too complex but it’s really, really good. a little spicy with hints of minerals and fruity. looking forward to trying more of their offerings as this was my 1st
Really enjoyable arroqueno by Renia Sanchez. Very approachable. You can taste the soil that she lives on. Comforting.
Love me some Reina Sanchez. This agave Arroqueño mezcal doesn’t have that “wild” aspect but it is very enjoyable. It tastes kind of like a really amazing agave Espadin mezcal with lots of cinnamon spice, apple pie, and lemon tart sorbet. Series 3.
Series 3. Aromas of sweet oak, fresh pine, and wet earth. The palate has a lot of earthy and mineral flavors. Notes of wet leaves, green grapes, and plantains. Reyna makes incredible mezcal and this is one of her best.