Nestled in northern Oaxaca near the border of Puebla sit the majestic Sierra Mazateca Mountains. Sparsely inhabited predominantly by descendants of the Mazateco, this lush and cool tropical environment is ideal for growing coffee, fruit, and sugarcane. Remnants of the once-strong Mexican sugar industry, the sugarcane is used to make panela and is also commonly pressed, fermented, and distilled to make the aguardiente de caña (rum).
Roughly 40 minutes east of Hautla de Jimenez, tucked within the steep, misty river canyons below the community of Rio Tuerto is the distillery, or trapiche, of Jose Luis, our producer for Paranubes. Jose Luis’ family has been making aguardiente for at least 3 generations, with his father and grandfather teaching him the trade at a very young age. For the past 35 years, he has been producing this rich, fragrant spirit as one of many means to provide for his family and we are honored to be working with him. -Importer's Notes