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Cuentacuentos Arroqueno Ancestral Mezcal Miguel Angel Cruz Rios (750ml / 46.34%)


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Maestro mezcalero, Ángel Cruz Robles’ family has been tending their field of stately arroqueño, a finca they call El Tepiche, for the better part of the last two decades. The arroqueños used in this batch are the first of his harvest—15+ year-old plants characterized by their “dry espadín” flavour and crafted in the ancestral style. Read full description below...

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Maguey arroqueño (Agave americana var. oaxacensis) is a massive wild Maguey that can take upwards of 20 years to mature. It is the genetic mother of Maguey espadin, which is the most commonly used Maguey in Mezcal. Many in the Mezcal industry are concerned that this wild Maguey will become more and more rare as Mezcal’s popularity rises, because of the extensive time required for these Magueyes to grow. A few Mezcal producers are also doing sustainability projects to plant new arroqueno in the Oaxacan hills to replace those harvested each year.

Cuentacuentos curates small-batch traditional mezcals and destilados de agave from producers across the state of Oaxaca. Cuentacuentos released its first 6 mezcal expressions in 2018; future releases from the brand will change over time and include non-certified mezcals. The logo and bottle artwork (by artist Cesar Ruiz Conseco) features an opossum or tlacuache in Spanish. The tlacuache on the logo is El Viejito, the little old man opposum who stole mezcal from the demons as a service to humanity. The tlacuache ranks with the jaguar, eagle, and burro in importance in Zapotec, Taina, and Mexican mythologies. Cuentacuentos is bottled under NOM-O20X by Carlos Méndez Blas. The Cuentacuentos motto is Mezcal brings people together, stories make us friends.

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Production Notes

  • Maguey: Arroqueno
  • State: Oaxaca
  • Region: Sola de Vega
  • Cooking: Traditional earthen oven pit
  • Milling: Canoe and wooden mallet
  • Fermented: Natural yeast - 8-9 days
  • Still Type: Clay pot
  • Classification: Ancestral
  • ABV of Mezcal: 46.34%

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  • Direct service (Melbourne only, please contact us)
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  • Australia Post service
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  • Premium Courier service

Most orders will usually ship within 1 business day from our Melbourne warehouse but can take up to 2 business days. Orders before 3:30pm via Aus Post Express will usually ship the same day and deliver the next business day (if in the Aus Post next business day network)**.

Estimated delivery times via courier:
  • VIC: 1-2 business days
  • NSW: 1-2 business days
  • SA: 1-2 business days
  • QLD: 2-3 business days
  • TAS: 3-5 business days
  • WA: 4-7 business days
  • NT: 7-14 business days

*This is an estimate only and is based on standard courier delivery times. Please check the estimated delivery dates above for any further information.

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**Whilst this is usually the case, we can not guarantee same day dispatch. If your order is urgent, please contact us to arrange a suitable option.

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Cuentacuentos Arroqueno Ancestral Mezcal Miguel Angel Cruz Rios (750ml / 46.34%)