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Tepanal Ancestral Arroqueño 750ML

Tepanal Ancestral Arroqueño 750ML

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Tepanal Ancestral Arroqueño 750ML - Rafael "Rafa" Garcia Aragon is a first-generation master distiller who has devoted his career to creating authentic mezcal.

His family brand, Tepanal, takes its name from the Nahuatl word "Tepanaltepec," meaning "hill of honeycombs." This was the historical name for Santa Maria Sola from the 16th century during the Spanish conquest until 1915. The brand is a tribute to the community's heritage and tradition of extracting honey, which was an important activity for the residents of Tepanaltepec.

  • Agave: Arroqueño (A. americana sub. sp.)
  • Master distiller: Rafael García Aragon
  • Village: Santa María Sola de Vega, Oaxaca
  • Roasting: three days in a conical underground oven
  • Mill: wood chipper
  • Fermentation: 5 - 7 days in canoes made from Montezuma Cypress wood
  • Yeast: naturally present in the air, ground, water, and fermenting canoe’s wood
  • Water: natural spring
  • Distillation: double distillations using clay pots and slow-cooking fire
  • Distillation date: month of September 2021
  • Lot: AR21001
  • Liters: 99
  • Bottles: 132
  • ABV: 50%
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What is the difference between Tequila & Mezcal?

Tequila is a type of mezcal, much like how scotch and bourbon are types of whiskey.

Tequila and mezcal are both types of agave-based spirits that are popular in Mexico, but there are some key differences between the two. Tequila is made exclusively from the blue agave plant, which is primarily grown in the area surrounding the city of Tequila, about 40 miles northwest of Guadalajara. Mezcal, on the other hand, can be made from any type of agave plant, and is often made using traditional, labor-intensive methods.

One of the most noticeable differences between tequila and mezcal is their flavor. Tequila is typically smooth and subtle, with hints of fruit and spices, while mezcal has a more complex, smoky flavor that comes from the roasting of the agave hearts before they are fermented and distilled.

Another difference between the two spirits is their production process. Tequila is typically made using modern industrial methods, while mezcal is often produced using traditional techniques that have been passed down for generations. This can give mezcal a more authentic, artisanal character.

In general, tequila is considered to be a more refined and sophisticated spirit, while mezcal is often viewed as a more rustic and traditional drink. Both are popular in Mexico and are enjoyed around the world, so the best way to decide which one you like is to try them both and see which one suits your tastes.

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California Proposition 65 Warning

Drinking distilled spirits, beer, coolers, wine and other alcoholic beverages may increase cancer risk, and, during pregnancy, can cause birth defects. 
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