Bienvenidos To Maguey Melate’s Signature Palenque Tour!

BEFORE WE BEGIN THE TOUR

A brief intro to your package

Everything in this box comes from the state of Oaxaca, which is home to the richest biodiversity in all of Mexico. This same diversity is reflected in the culture of each pueblo, ten of which are represented here in your box. We hope you enjoy your small-batch agave spirits, artisanal gifts, and the virtual palenque tour. These four pointers below will help you get the most out of your package!

BEFORE WE BEGIN THE TOUR

A brief intro to your package

Everything in this box comes from the state of Oaxaca, which is home to the richest biodiversity in all of Mexico. This same diversity is reflected in the culture of each pueblo, ten of which are represented here in your box. We hope you enjoy your small-batch agave spirits, artisanal gifts, and the virtual palenque tour. These four pointers below will help you get the most out of your package!

1. THIS WILL BE A DRINKING TOUR TODAY

Carefully open your box and explore all the artisanal goods inside. Please respect the art and sip slowly! Remember, this is 100% agave straight off the still. Don’t say you weren’t warned!

2. ENJOY THE THREE SHORT FILMS BELOW

These films are great to watch on a TV, computer, or tablet while sipping. If you are new to agave spirits, be sure to first watch “What is mezcal” before diving into the interview, process, and taste challenge exclusive videos.

3. SAMPLING TIPS AND RATING EACH VARIETAL

It’s great to do side by side comparisons. Some like to rinse their pallet between each taste, but it’s not critical. After discussing which agave suits you best, be sure to leave a rating in the plugin towards the end of the tour below.

4. DISCOVER MORE WITH BONUS CONTENT & INFO

Learn about the significance of each gift and how each bottle and gift represent one of our core principles. Checkout photos, extra videos, reorder bottles, and even post a question to the mezcaleros!

UPON YOUR ARRIVAL…

A man is seen through the smoky haze, waving you to enter

Although you know WHAT MEZCAL IS, you’ve never actually stepped foot on a palenque! Mixed with emotions of excitement and nervousness, you cautiously creep towards the smokey ungated structure.

Suddenly you wish you’d paid more attention in Spanish class. Is it “como te llamas?” or “por que te amo?”?

UPON YOUR ARRIVAL…

A man is seen through the smoky haze, waving you to enter

Although you know WHAT MEZCAL IS, you’ve never actually stepped foot on a palenque! Mixed with emotions of excitement and nervousness, you creep towards the smokey ungated structure.

Suddenly you wish you’d paid more attention in Spanish class. Is it “como te llamas?” or “por que te amo?”?

PAUSING THEIR TASK AT HAND…

The mezcaleros seem eager to share their artisanal craft with you

You sense they are honored you traveled all this way to learn about artisanal agave distillates. They share that nothing makes them happier than when you really try to understand the process and ask questions about their traditional methods.

Luckily for you, your amigo speaks Español perfectamente and helps translate the process from start to finish.

PAUSING THEIR TASK AT HAND…

The mezcaleros seem eager to share their artisanal craft with you

You sense they are honored you traveled all this way to learn about artisanal agave distillates. They share that nothing makes them happier than when you really try to understand the process and ask questions about their traditional methods.

Luckily for you, your amigo speaks Español perfectamente and helps translate the process from start to finish.

NOW THAT YOU’VE MET THE MEZCALEROS

You’re excited to learn their story

From 4th generation to 1st generation Maestro Mezcaleros, Félix, Isaac, and Ageo each have their own journey and passion to share.  You are eager to ask them about their lives, their mission, family traditions, and what they want the world to know about agave spirits.

NOW THAT YOU’VE MET THE MEZCALEROS

You’re excited to learn their story

Meet our friends and Maestro Mezcaleros 

From 4th generation to 1st generation Maestro Mezcaleros, Félix, Isaac, and Ageo each have their own journey and passion to share.  You are eager to ask them about their lives, their mission, family traditions, and what they want the world to know about agave spirits.

NOW THAT YOU’VE SAMPLED EACH AGAVE…

It’s time to claim your favorite!

The mezcaleros explain the flavors and aromas of each agave as you discuss with your friends which is your favorite. 

The mezcalero reminds you, there need not be any rhyme or reason for your choice. Just give each distillate a fair, unbiased sample and let your taste buds do the rest. There is no best agave. Whichever one you like the most is the best for you!

NOW THAT YOU’VE SAMPLED EACH AGAVE…

It’s time to claim your favorite!

The mezcaleros explain the flavors and aromas of each agave as you discuss with your friends which is your favorite.

The mezcalero reminds you, there need not be any rhyme or reason for your choice. Just give each distillate a fair, unbiased sample and let your taste buds to the rest. There is no best agave. Whichever one you like the most is the best for you!

MELATE LOTE 1: WHICH AGAVE SPIRIT IS YOUR FAVORITE?
1) Tobaziche
2) Tepextate
3) Madre Cuixe
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WITH THE SUN APPROACHING THE HORIZON…

Today’s tour has come to an end 

Simultaneously, you realize your journey into the world of agave spirits has just begun. Overcome with gratitude, you thank the mezcaleros for opening their home to you. They tip their hat and assure you that you are welcome back any time. You pull away from the palenque with a smile on your face, eager to share the spirit of agave with your friends and family.

¡Salud! 

WITH THE SUN APPROACHING THE HORIZON…

Today’s tour has come to an end

Simultaneously, you realize your journey into the world of agave spirits has just begun. Overcome with gratitude, you thank the mezcaleros for opening their home to you. They tip their hat and assure you that you are welcome back any time. You pull away from the palenque with a smile on your face, eager to share the spirit of agave with your friends and family.

¡Salud!

KEEP THE DISCUSSION GOING

Ask the mezcaleros questions &
stay in touch with peers

Forget to ask the mezcalero a question? Post it in this private group and we will track down an answer.

Start a discussion with your peers and let us know what you think of the various parts of the palenque tour and box components.

KEEP THE DISCUSSION GOING

Ask the Mezcaleros questions &
stay in touch with peers

Forget to ask the Mezcalero a question? Post it in this private group and we will track down an answer.

Start a discussion with your peers and let us know what you think of the various parts of the palenque tour and box components.

Capturing three brand principles

1. CRAFTSMANSHIP

Atzompa designer cup

Neighboring Oaxaca city center is the town of Atzompa known for its beautiful clay pottery. We partnered with local boutique store, Lanii, who designed the cup and sourced the creation to one of the most talented artisans in the town. The cups are made from local clay and molded entirely by hand, each with a unique character. They are glazed with a led free mineral and cured in an adobe oven. This handcrafted clay cup paired perfectly with our clay pot Tobaziche, both exemplifying the highest standard of craftsmanship.

Clay pot distillation

Clay pot distillations are a rare and unique method of distillation. The clay pot interacts with the vapors in a way that adds aromas and flavors that give it a very defined and complex character. They are much smaller pots and yield much smaller amounts of spirit, therefore they tend to be two to three times more expensive.  Felix’s clay pot Tobaziche is a work of perfection and truly represents the highest standard of craftsmanship and attention to detail.

Tobaziche

Tobaziche
Felix Angellas
Clay Pot
$55

2. TRADITION

Hand carved jicaras

The jicara is made out of the hollowed out fruit shell from the Calabash tree which is native and abundant primarily in Central America and the Caribbean. These shells have been used for 1000’s of years to display goods, transport items, and serve beverages. They are extremely common to find laying around palenques as the Maestros use them with their carizo, or long bamboo tube, to measure alcohol content or to taste the spirit coming off the still.  Many consider this the traditional way to drink agave spirits on the palenque.

Single copper pot distillation

When the Spaniards arrived in Mexico in the 1500’s and taught the ancient Zapotec and Aztec culture how to turn the mysterious pulque into agave distillates, they used the traditional single pot copper still brought from Europe. There are many variations to the origin of the first still, ranging from China to Romans, but most credit the first alcohol distillation to the Arabic chemist, Abu Musa Jabir. The Portugues receive a lot of credit for perfecting the copper material, as the copper allows even heat distribution and not imparting the flavor. All in all, this is the most traditional and still the most popular way to distill spirits.

Tepextate

Tepextate
Isaac and Marta Garcia
Copper Pot
$50

3. SUSTAINABILITY

100% recycled glass tumblers

These tumblers, specially designed and made for drinking agave spirits, are made from 100% recycled glass.
The recycled glass is melted down before being manually blown into this shape which is perfect for trapping the aromas of the spirit. The material doesn’t absorb or interact with the spirit the way that clay or jicaras would, making it the ideal go to choice for a sipping cup. Recycled glass is much easier to reheat, reducing energy demand and CO2 emissions, as well as cutting air pollution by about 20% and water polliution by about 50%. For these sustainability reasons, we decided to make the bottles out of the same 100% recycled glass as well.

1.5 copper pot distillation

Between 1990 and 2005, Mexico has lost about 7.4% of its forests and woodland habitats at a rate of about 0.5% per year. The refrescador still, or 1.5 still, saves somewhere between 20-40% of firewood needed to heat the distillation because it allows a delicious full flavored spirit to be produced with a single distillation, where as the clay pot and copper pot always require at least two dstillations. This is because there is essentially a still inside a still where vapors will turn to liquid droplets twice in one cycle. This isn’t only more sustainable for Mexico’s deforestation problem, but produces a desired strong, high alcohol content spirit, that is the purest representation of the agave.

Madre Cuixe

Madre Cuixe
Ageo Cortez
1.5 Copper Pot
$45

Each batch of spirits produced, a local artist is featured with limited edition art work

No more than 650 of any work made. From world famous to yet to be discovered. Click to learn about yours.

Lapiztola

Formed during Oaxaca’s long and violent teachers protest of 2006, three locals created Lapiztola (a play on words combining pencil and pistol) to provide politically charged illustrations to accompany the sentiment felt by thousands of teachers. Through street art, T-shirts, and stencil style screen prints, they have become renowned in Latin America and Europe.

Here are some of the amazing photos from the tour

If you want to print and frame a photo, here is an online service.

We helped organize all the videos you captured to one place.

Check out all the bonus videos.

We thank all the Mezcaleros, artisans, and you for coming on this adventure with us! 

Stay tuned for the opportunity to visit a series of 12 palenques throughout Mexico in our Mezcalero Of The Month Club.

Feel free to leave us some feedback regarding your Signature Box experience below or at info@magueymelate.com

We are a young company looking to continuously improve our offer. We believe the better the experience, the greater impact we can have in promoting artisanal agave spirits and ultimately preserving this remarkable tradition. Please help spread the good word and Salud!

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