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Quintana Roo, Mexico


 Mayapan Agave Distillery, March 14, 2012

This is one of the stops that Steve & Ingrid Clouther and Bob & Diane Mather made during their road trip to Valladolid.

Maguey y Nopal de Yucatan is an enterprise harvesting the Blue Agave on the outskirts of Valladolid, heading towards Ek Balam and the toll road.  It also produces the liquor and bottles it following the traditional way used by the Mexicans for over 400 years.



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Come and take a tour of the distillery.

Here is a large agave planr at the entrance, and this type is reportedly used for Mezcal.

There is a good size field of the Agave Azul plants.

Off in the distance there are two workers harvesting the pina (pineapple) from the Agave plants.

These are the pina waiting to go into the distillery for processing.

The entrance to the distillery is waiting for the photographer.

The molienda is a circular concrete structure with an inner ring where the pina are crushed down to fibers.

The saturated fibers are transported to large oak barrels with a mixture of 75 percent fiber and 25 percent water for fermentation.

The liquid then goes to the distillery for the distillation process.

Then it rests in oak barrels. The length of time determines the type of tequila.

There is Blanco, Reposado, and Anejo.

It's tasting time!

Start with the Blanco and work up through the Reposado to the Anejo, which definitely is much better.

SteveC says, "I'll drink to that."

And, Bob Mather says, "Me too."

Can't drive, so let's saddle up the horses and head out of town.

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