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Rezpiral Arroqueno – Reina Sanchez

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.

Rating: (5 reviews)
Category:Destilado de Agave
Mezcalero:Reyna Sanchez
Town:San Luis Amatlan
ABV: 45.6%
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.

Member rating

4.2 out of 5

5 reviews



99 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars1 year ago

Nose is delicious smoky agave and pepper, cheese

Palate is cheesy, green vegetal notes, spice. Very smooth. Long finish. Overall a balanced and delicious, juicy expression.



39 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars3 years ago

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



229 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars6 years ago

Really enjoyable arroqueno by Renia Sanchez. Very approachable. You can taste the soil that she lives on. Comforting.



647 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars6 years ago

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.



708 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars6 years ago

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.

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