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Maestro Mezcalero 
Ageo + Felipe Cortes


In the sierra sur of Oaxaca, in Miahuatlán, you will find the Cortes father & son duo crafting up some very high quality & experimental distillates. The family business is ran by 4th generation Maestro Mezcalero Ageo & his father Felipe on their land for the past 30 years. 



In Cortes' Destilado con Matsutake, the master distillers began by harvesting mature agave Bicuishe, a  varietal that takes 8-10 years to develop. 



After shaving the agave hearts to its core, Ageo & Felipe roasted them below ground in an earthen oven for 8-10 days. The oven was fueled by a blend of local woods (Encino, Mesquite, Palo de Aguila & Yegareche) atop volcanic rocks, covered with soil.

Milling and Fermentation:

Don Felipe & Ageo mills the cooked agave by an Ox drawn large stone. The duo & team then ferments the  crushed agave in cypress wood vats with well water which could take anywhere from 3-5 days to reach the desired sugar content. 


Luneta's Destilado con Matsutake was distilled three times. 


Heated over a carefully tended fire, the fermented agave is distilled twice in a copper still with refrescadera. During the third distillation Matsutake mushroom is added to the copper still.



The hearts, heads and tails are then mix to yield a balanced blend of 47% abv.

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