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Ensamble 46.2% ABV | 92.4 Proof | Oaxaca, Mexico 

Marteno 49.6% ABV | 99.2 Proof | Oaxaca, Mexico 

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Maguey Melate Marteño 375 ml

49.6% ABV | 99.2 Proof | Oaxaca, Mexico
$70.00

Maguey Melate Ensamble 375 ml

46.2% ABV | 92.4 Proof | Oaxaca, Mexico

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MORE ABOUT LUIS ENRIQUE JUAREZ: Luis grew up in San Agustín, Amatengo, a town within the district of Ejutla a little over 1.5 hours outside of Oaxaca city center. At only 28 years old, he is part of what we consider to be “the new generation” of mezcaleros who are deeply connected to their roots and the traditions they learned from the maestro generations before them, while simultaneously bringing a touch of modernity, innovation, and current issues to the mezcal world. His first mezcal sales, for example, were a result of unofficial tastings given to his friends at dental school. And his vision for the future, is to fight deforestation and the destruction of agaves and trees in Amatengo. Through conversation with Luis it is evident that his home town of Amatengo is very near and dear to his family, work with the land and nature, and preserve tradition. MORE ABOUT ANTONIO CARLOS MARTINEZ: Known locally as Conejo, this third generation mezcalero from Minas is the first in his family to own his own palenque. Over the last three years, his palenque grew from one tina to four paralleling his local popularity in the mezcal space. To his knowledge, his product has never made it north of the border by means other than a suitcase until now. He is known in Oaxaca centro as a fun, light hearted, welcoming mezcalero who offers an unforgettable tasting room experience. It’s very apparent that he is extremely connected to his community, his workers, his family, and his faith as you will see in the videos at magueymelate.com/antonio*.
Choose any combination of 2 bottles! This 2-pack combo was designed to provide mezcal enthusiasts a wide spectrum of flavor and process variations. While the Ensamble combines 4 agaves from the central valley of Oaxaca and distills them one time in a copper ‘refrescadera’ still, the Marteño is a local rare agave from the Minas region and is distilled two times in the ancestral clay pots. Both producers were top favorites in Maguey Melate’s Mezcalero of the Month Club in 2019 and both of these expressions are outstanding representations of Mexico’s best 100% artisanal agave spirits.   Both bottles come with a QR code that delivers a complete virtual distillery tour including interviews, reviews, photos, and more! Check out the tours here to meet your mezcaleros: magueymelate.com/luis* magueymelate.com/antonio*   375 mL ENSAMBLE INFO: AGAVE: 50% Espadin; 20% Mexicano; 20% Barril; 10% Barril Chino DISTILLED BY: Luis Enrique Juarez ALCOHOL VOLUME: 46.2% CITY OF ORIGIN: San Agustín Amatengo Ejutla AGAVE MATURITY: Mixed ages 6-15 years TIME IN EARTH OVEN: 3 days GRINDER METHOD: Tahona FERMENTATION VAT TYPE: Plastic and clay FERMENTATION DURATION: 0 days natural, 5 days vat WATER SOURCE: Well STILL TYPE: 1.5 copper still NUMBER OF DISTILLATIONS: 1 LITERS PRODUCED: 80   Luis and Sergio's Tepextate featured in the July 2019 edition of the club was a huge hit, so we decided to send up a special ensamble made just for Maguey Melate from this duo in response. Ensambles are when various species of agaves are fermented and distilled together as one blend. When a recipe is mastered, the qualities of each agave play a strategic role in the flavor. Here, the Espadín provides an immediate dominance, acting as a friendly and easy opener to the more complex flavors of the Barril and Barril Chino (only found in Ejutla) to take over with their earthy, herbal, and sweet notes. The Mexicano plays a role in finishing with a subtle spicy note to cap things off.   375 mL MARTEÑO INFO: DISTILLED BY: Antonio Carlos Martínez ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 49.6% CITY OF ORIGIN: Santa Catarina Minas AGAVE MATURITY: 9 years, cultivated TIME IN EARTH OVEN: 5 days GRINDER METHOD: Mill FERMENTATION VAT TYPE: Wood FERMENTATION DURATION: 15 natural, 10 DAYS vat WATER SOURCE: River STILL TYPE: Clay pot NUMBER OF DISTILLATIONS: 2 LITERS PRODUCED: 80 Based on the overwhelming popularity of Conejo's Barril featured in the club back in June of 2019, we bottled up another one his Karwinskiis that many consumers aren't too familiar with. Most producers in Minas tell us that Marteño and Largo are the same plant that have become cultivated two different ways, providing two very different flavor profiles. The cultivated Marteño is unique to Santa Catarina Minas and the name comes from a nearby village called Santa Marta.  Flavor Notes: wet earth, red dry fruits, floral flavors and aromas; the clay pot is very present. MORE ABOUT LUIS ENRIQUE JUAREZ: Luis grew up in San Agustín, Amatengo, a town within the district of Ejutla a little over 1.5 hours outside of Oaxaca city center. At only 28 years old, he is part of what we consider to be “the new generation” of mezcaleros who are deeply connected to their roots and the traditions they learned from the maestro generations before them, while simultaneously bringing a touch of modernity, innovation, and current issues to the mezcal world. His first mezcal sales, for example, were a result of unofficial tastings given to his friends at dental school. And his vision for the future, is to fight deforestation and the destruction of agaves and trees in Amatengo. Through conversation with Luis it is evident that his home town of Amatengo is very near and dear to his family, work with the land and nature, and preserve tradition.   MORE ABOUT ANTONIO CARLOS MARTINEZ: Known locally as Conejo, this third generation mezcalero from Minas is the first in his family to own his own palenque. Over the last three years, his palenque grew from one tina to four paralleling his local popularity in the mezcal space. To his knowledge, his product has never made it north of the border by means other than a suitcase until now. He is known in Oaxaca centro as a fun, light hearted, welcoming mezcalero who offers an unforgettable tasting room experience. It’s very apparent that he is extremely connected to his community, his workers, his family, and his faith as you will see in the videos at magueymelate.com/antonio*.

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