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NETA is a colloquial word in Mexico that translates to "the real deal" or "the truth". Since 2012, the brand has worked closely with several small, family producers and a cooperative of twelve palenqueros from the southern valleys and hills of Miahuatlán, Oaxaca. The region has preserved its reputation for producing some of the finest mezcales and agave spirits anywhere in Mexico. The team behind NETA presents a carefully curated selection of extraordinary spirits that would otherwise never be found outside of their place of origin.
NOM/Batch: ENNMGO2106 / June 2021
Maestro Mezcalero: Miguel Osorio, aka "El Grillo" is a much loved and respected member of his community. From his mother's side, Miguel Osorio Gutierrez descends from one of the founding families of Logoche – palenqueros who settled in the area for the purpose of clandestine distillation of the diverse and wild agaves that grow in hills and ravines. Full of jokes and well humoured, Miguel is also a skilled chef and gifted artist whose multiple talents are sought after throughout the region. He is a weaver of the 'cucharillo' leaves that compose arches and decorative ornaments for weddings, where he is also often invited to deliver the cleverly worded 'versos' sung at said events. When there is a death in the community, it is Miguel who arranges the 'tapete de arena', a sand-painting left at the altar.
Despite not working out of his own palenque, Miguel grew up in what were (at the time) shared production spaces, where a multitude of individuals arrived to socialize and process their agaves. Thanks to his years of working with different magueyes and multiple generations of skilled producers, Miguel's experience and knowledge are profound. Over the last decade, he has been planting an impressive amount of agaves on his land, these various species are only beginning to mature now. In the meantime, his productions remain small, crafting three or four batches a year, totaling around 300L annually.
Interesting fact: The field blend was made with a mix of micro-endemic, wild and cultivated maguey that were cooked together, co-fermented and distilled together. The crafting of ensambles is part of a long-standing regional practice that reveals complex flavours and a local landscape.
Maguey (Agave): ensamble of - jabalín, coyote, tobalá, madrecuixe
This predominately wild-harvested field blend (or ensamble) combines nearly equal parts jabalín (agave Convallis), coyote (agave Lyobaa), madrecuixe (agave Karwinskii), and tepextate (agave Marmorata) that were harvested from a rocky and red earth hillside. The aromas and flavours are quintessentially indicative of the region, where the endemic agaves used in its composition interplay wonderfully with the land and water of Logoche. The crafting of ensambles forms part of a long-standing regional practice that regularly produces the deepest and most complex destilados one can find.
Region: Logoche, Miahuatlán, Sierra Sur, Oaxaca
Litres produced: just 80!
Oven type: conical earthen oven
Extraction method: machete and shredder
Water source: well water
Fermentation: native yeasts in Montezuma cypress wood tanks
Still type: copper pot stills
Resting time: n/a
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Sturdy little, glasses for mezcal. They were originally used in Catholic churches to hold prayer candles, hence the cross at the base of the glass. However, their wide mouth makes a great mezcal glass, allowing alcohol vapours to dissipate so you can enjoy all the nuances of your mezcal.Sold in a set of two. 59mm high x 56mm diameter at the top. Holds a 50ml shot nicely. Stackable. Dishwasher safe.