NETA Tepextate - Selected by Aficionado's and Seelbach's
Tepextate is a type of Agave marmorata that grows throughout many different regions of Oaxaca. The plant's historical use in spirits was limited to remote and isolated regions of difficult terrain, where the production of mezcal was clandestine, and in situations where palenqueros did not have the land and resources to cultivate other varietals preferred for their higher yield. In the past, Tepextate was often used as a medicine, with different desired properties derived from both the roots and the juices of its thick leaves.
It is in arid environments with steep slopes and rugged, rocky, and limestone-rich soils where the Tepextate maguey thrives. Amongst palenqueros, the plant is infamous for its extremely low sugar content and the difficulty involved in harvesting and transporting these plants from their preferred terrain of a rocky hillside, steep ravines, and cliffs. These areas are most often inaccessible to trucks or even donkeys or mules and must be carried out by hand - leaving behind itchy rashes and blisters caused by its highly caustic juices. The name itself comes from Tepetate, a Hispanicized word originating from the Nahuatl tepetlatl, which refers to a geological horizon, a lime-rich but hardened and poor draining earth surface.
Made with 100% pure capon Tepextate harvested from Heriberto's lands, this production displays the intensity of aromas and flavors representative of the region and very special qualities of the plant.