Eleven generations of continual mezcal distillation with a legendary commitment to craftsmanship and experimentation have culminated in a spirit that is simultaneously complex and approachable. Don Amado is made from earthen-roasted maguey hearts which are, after crushing, fermented together with their piña fibers for a rich maguey character. The mash is then double-distilled in small traditional ceramic clay pots. Aged varieties are matured in American oak casks previously used for barreling Pedro Domecq brandy.

In the highlands of southern Mexico, the renowned Arellanes family has been crafting one of the region’s most celebrated mezcals since the late 1700s.

Mezcal Don Amado Rústico

The flagship expression of the Real de Minas Distillery, Don Amado Rústico is made using the historic method of slowly roasting fully-mature Espadín maguey hearts on firewood embers, before natural fermentation with airborne yeast and a slow double-distillation in ceramic pot stills.

The minero clay-pot still is quite prevalent on the nose with aromatics leaning towards ash, crushed walnuts, roasted corn, and savory spices. A bright, citrus Espadín agave palate is well balanced against notes of caramel, butterscotch and fresh herbs.

96 POINTS PLATINUM MEDAL “SUPERLATIVE” BTI 2013

“This floral, silky mezcal is made in ceramic pot stills in southern Mexico’s Santa Catarina Minas, Oaxaca. The libation is twice distilled and filtered three times for a uniquely smooth finish. The bouquet hints at vanilla and honey, while a citrus agave flavor lightens the mouth and settles quickly. The quality of Don Amado’s agave is rooted in the distillery’s practice of using only estate-grown plants, which are hand-selected as needed for specific batches. Harvested between 27-28 brix, the high sugar agave yields a wonderfully sweet aroma. Truly a treat to be savored! This has some seriously enticing licorice, orange zest and hickory smoke aromas. The flavors are both elegant and snappy with a light earthy note, more of a feel than a flavor, coming from the traditional ceramic still used. The finish is wonderfully nutty with a light dose of vanilla. Very, very fine.”

— D&M Wine Cellars

Specifications, Weights and UPC

6/750 ml
Proof: 94 Proof
Case Weight: 24 lbs
Case Dimensions: 12.5″ L x 9.5″ W x 11.5″ H
Cases per Pallet: 88; 4 tiers of 22 cases each
UPC Code: 6-18115-94604-7
SCC Code: 1-06-18115-64904-4

Mezcal Don Amado Arroqueño

Rustic and refined, Don Amado Arroqueño is made from an enormous maguey species that requires 18 years to mature but is cultivatable, so ecologically sustainable while simultaneously wildly exotic and delicious.

Bright floral aromatics of caramelized maguey, leather and soft smoke lend structure to ripe, cooked yam fruit flavors. A supple mouthfeel delivers quince, persimmon, lemon verbena and kaffir, juxtaposed with layered chocolate, espresso and savory spice with balanced minerality and savory roast characteristics.

Specifications, Weights and UPC

6/750 ml
Proof: 92 Proof
Case Weight: 24 lbs
Case Dimensions: 12.5″ L x 9.5″ W x 11.5″ H
Cases per Pallet: 88; 4 tiers of 22 cases each
UPC Code: 6-18115-94609-2
SCC Code: 1-06-18115-94609-9

Mezcal Don Amado Largo

The trunk-like hearts of this elongated ‘karwinskii’ maguey take 10-14 years to mature, and look like spiky desert trees growing wildly over the mountains of Southern Mexico. When harvested, the trunks are cooked together with typical round piñas of other species.

Soft smoke with candied notes and a creamy mouthfeel layer fruit and a subtle spice on a palette of rich, cooked maguey… reminiscent of the high desert just after a heavy rainfall, bright and clean.

Specifications, Weights and UPC

6/750 ml
Proof: 92 Proof
Case Weight: 24 lbs
Case Dimensions: 12.5″ L x 9.5″ W x 11.5″ H
Cases per Pallet: 88; 4 tiers of 22 cases each
UPC Code: 6-18115-94610-8
SCC Code: 1-06-18115-94610-5

Mezcal Don Amado Ensamble Tobalá & Bicuishe

On the nose, there are aromas of summer stonefruit, soft tea rose, and toasted red chiles peppers. The exotic tastes of Earl Grey tea, dried orange peel, candied mango, cinnamon, and faint woodiness lead to a smooth, jammy finish with a lingering hint of black licorice.

  • Master Distiller: Germaín Arellanes Arellanes
  • Made 100% from a blend of Tobalá and Bicuishe maguey grown at 4,800′ in the town of San Pablo Apostol, Oaxaca
  • Halved & quartered (cogollo removed) maguey earthen roasted for four days using mix of guamúchil and mesquite wood
  • Cooked maguey macerated with proprietary blade spindle destrozadora shredder
  • Fermented together with bagaso in 1,400L pine wood vats using airborne yeast strains
  • Double distilled in ceramic pot stills to approx. 53% ABV and reduced with triple distilled demineralized water, no tails
  • No aging, bottled at 46% ABV

Specifications, Weights and UPC

6/750 ml
Proof: 92 Proof
Case Weight: 24 lbs
Case Dimensions: 12.5″ L x 9.5″ W x 11.5″ H
Cases per Pallet: 88; 4 tiers of 22 cases each
UPC Code: 6-18115-94603-0
SCC Code: -06-18115-94603-7

Mezcal Don Amado Ensamble Tripón, Barríl & Bicuishe

There are alluring aromas of pastry being prepared: wild honey, green apple peel, tart cider, fragrant pear, and white grapes. The palate offers pure, bright sweetness, green herbs, and overripe nectarine, with a medium-length, smooth finish.

  • Master Distiller: Germaín Arellanes Arellanes
  • Made 100% from Tripón, Barríl, and Bicuishe maguey grown at 4,800′ in the town of San Pablo Apostol, Oaxaca
  • Halved & quartered (cogollo removed) maguey earthen roasted for four days using mix of guamúchil and mesquite wood
  • Cooked maguey macerated with proprietary blade spindle destrozadora shredder
  • Fermented together with bagaso in 1,400L pine wood vats using airborne yeast strains
  • Double distilled in ceramic pot stills to approx. 53% ABV and reduced with triple distilled demineralized water, no tails
  • No aging, bottled at 46% ABV

Specifications, Weights and UPC

6/750 ml
Proof: 92 Proof
Case Weight: 24 lbs
Case Dimensions: 12.5″ L x 9.5″ W x 11.5″ H
Cases per Pallet: 88; 4 tiers of 22 cases each
UPC Code: 6-18115-94602-3
SCC Code: -06-18115-94602-0

Mezcal Don Amado Pechuga

An autumn ‘harvest bounty’ mezcal, Don Amado Pechuga is a third distillation of our Don Amado Rústico, made with the addition of seasonal fruits, nuts and spices including apricots, wild criollo apples, hard, stubby bananas with clove, cinnamon, raisins, almonds and walnuts.

A treasure of complexity that exhibits rich, bright fruit notes, roasted nuts, dark baking spice, wafting hints of clean smoke, fresh cinnamon and stone fruits. Mature agave flavors are woven throughout and yet never overwhelm, maintaining symmetry, balance and depth, on through to a delicate finish of broad, exotic flavors and lingering tropical nuance in this uncommonly vegan pechuga.

Specifications, Weights and UPC

6/750 ml
Proof: 90 Proof
Case Weight: 24 lbs
Case Dimensions: 12.5″ L x 9.5″ W x 11.5″ H
Cases per Pallet: 88; 4 tiers of 22 cases each
UPC Code: 6-18115-94608-5
SCC Code: 1-06-18115-94608-2

Mezcal Don Amado Reposado

An homage to the popular history of Oaxacan clay-pot mezcal aged in brandy barrels, Don Amado Reposado uses exhausted brandy barrels from Pedro Domecq to create a nostalgic flavor of earthen-smoked maguey with the soft caramel and butterscotch notes of American white oak.

Familiar Mexican flavors of roasted corn slathered in butter, hints of vanilla and cinnamon, tropical fruit and dried chilies are balanced with a moderate amount of smoke leading into barrel notes of a satisfying, slightly spicy vanilla-driven extended finish.

Specifications, Weights and UPC

6/750 ml
Proof: 90 Proof
Case Weight: 24 lbs
Case Dimensions: 12.5″ L x 9.5″ W x 11.5″ H
Cases per Pallet: 88; 4 tiers of 22 cases each
UPC Code:  6-18115-94607-8
SCC Code: 1-06-18115-94607-5

Mezcal Don Amado Añejo

A regal take on what many consider to be an essentially rustic distillate, Don Amado Añejo shows amazing complexity beyond simple smoke, and is a great example how barrel flavors can complement rather than mask maguey’s wild charms.

Savory, mesquite aromas hint at barbecue and toasted cayenne pepper, while flavors flow between layers of baked stonefruit from the brandy barrel aging. Palate continues in similar form with notes of grilled pineapple, and the finish shows a long, bright and refreshing saline minerality.

Specifications, Weights and UPC

6/750 ml
Proof: 87 Proof
Case Weight: 24 lbs
Case Dimensions: 12.5″ L x 9.5″ W x 11.5″ H
Cases per Pallet: 88; 4 tiers of 22 cases each
UPC Code: 6-18115-94605-4
SCC Code: 1-06-18115-94605-1

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