a passion Story
inspired by an aztec legend of great love
“Los Amantes (‘The Lovers’), is inspired by the Aztec legend of Mayahuel, who fell in love with the great god Quetzalcoatl.
According to the legend, beautiful Mayahuel was granddaughter of Tzintzinmitl, an evil goddess of darkness and bitter enemy of Quetzalcoatl. Mayahuel was forbidden to go out. She risked losing her life if she tried to desobey her grandmother's orders. One night Quetzalcoatl turned into the wind and released Mayahuel from her prision. During the escape the couple fell in love. Furious, Tzintzinmitl pursued the lovers.
To protect themselves, Quetzalcoatl and Mayahuel transformed into a tree, hoping this would conceal them. However the evening stars shined bright and revealed them. Full or rage, Tzintzinmitl cast a bolt of lightning at the tree, killing her granddaughter.
In his grief Quetzalcoatl scattered the remains of Mayahuel. From her charred ashes grew the first agave, a plant with unique nourishing properties. Mayahuel became the goddess of agave and the story of mezcal will always remember The Lovers.”
We have been producing Los Amantes in our artisanal distillery (palenque) since 2003. Our distillery was the first to be certified by the mezcal regulation board, allowing us to mark our bottles with the NOM 001X. It is about 30km of Oaxaca City, in Tlacolula de Matamoros, a famous market town located in the central valleys. This route goes east towards the famous zapotec site of Mitla, and is sometimes described as the ‘ruta de mezcal.’