Despite its name, Mezonte Tepe is not produced using maguey Tepextate. Instead, it takes its name from the Tepehuano community where it is crafted, located at the crossroads of Jalisco, Nayarit, and Durango. This secluded community maintains a strict separation from Western culture, and the exact whereabouts of this distillery remain somewhat mysterious. Mezonte Tepe is crafted using maguey Cenizo (Agave bovicornuta). Although the term Cenizo is used to describe various types of agaves, in this case, it is also commonly known as maguey Lechuguilla Verde. While we refer to this spirit as a Raicilla for simplicity on this platform, some groups consider it a distinct type of agave spirit outside of the world of Raicilla.
Numerous releases of Mezonte Tepe exist, and many of them are produced using various types of agaves, including Boviconuta, Masparillo, Shrevei, and others. Typically, Aciano, the distiller, uses a destilador de pino con culebra de cobre (pine wood still with a copper serpent) for the distillation process, but at one point, his copper pot was stolen, forcing him to improvise with clay pots for a time. He has since acquired a new copper pot and resumed distilling using the destilador de pino con culebra de cobre. Please examine the details on your bottles for further information.