Each bottle’s cat mask is an individual Huichol artistic creation.

Alvarez believes roasting the agaves in clay ovens creates a spirit that is more pure, a spirit in which the flavors and aromas of the ingredients are not obscured by wood smoke or by the earth that is used to cover a palenque (pit-oven).

The Maximiliana yields a complex raicilla with body and strong character. Because of the clay oven, the flavors and aromas are more true to the agave: citric, fruity, vegetal, and surprisingly gentle. This is first-class product, true to its ancestry.

Mexicat Raicilla – RSP $60. Full-bodied, flavorful, clean, and soft. ABV is about 40%, which is the local preference.

Mexicat Sotol Artisanal – RSP $66.  Dasylirion Wheeleri from 4th and 5th generation distillers Norma & Bienvenido Fernandez using artisanal methods in Madera, Chihuahua.  Smoky, earthy, but very clean; fruity and intense; long finish: best sotol we have tasted.  42% abv.

Mexicat Agave Spirit Artisanal Gold – RSP $72.  Distilled by hand by Don Lupe Castro in Mezquital de Oro, Zacatecas, close to tequila and raicilla territory.  The agave is a variant of agave Maximiliana called Masparillo.  Small & scarce, growing at high altitudes on thin soils.  Don Lupe’s stone-enclosure stills bring out a clean, focused, floral, and mineral spirit.  Masparillo is uncommon.  40% abv.

Mexicat Agave Spirit Artisanal Silver – RSP $45.  Another hand-distillation by Don Lupe Castro in Mezquital de Oro, Zacatecas, close to tequila and raicilla territory.  Salmiana is a cultivated agave, here called manso.  (not to be confused with durangensis, or cenizo, called manso in Michoacan)  Don Lupe’s version is beautifully & softly rich, round, citric, and spicy.  Extremely well distilled.  40% abv.

 

Maximiliana sprouts

400 pounds of agave

400 pounds of agave