What is Xoma?

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Xoma is...

Xoma is the smoothest agave spirit on the planet. It is neither a mezcal nor a tequila but their tastier, older cousin, a Pulcatta. Not only is Xoma smooth and delicious, but it is hand-crafted, sustainably. Each bottle of Xoma purchased provides a reliable source of income to over 200 farmers so that they can maintain this 2,000 year old heritage and provide for their families. 

Each sip of Xoma is an ode to an ancient tradition. Join us in supporting the farming co-op.

In the Central Mexican plateau, agave plants are grown in abundance and have been utilized for thousands of years for food, medicine, building material, and more. Throughout the plateau Agave is called Maguey,  a truly  marvelous plant.

After waiting up to 12 years for the plant to mature, its core, referred to as the heart of the Maguey plant, is carved out using a machete and a traditional barretta

From the beginning

Patience and Perseverance

Aquamiel

The next day, the tlachiquero, agave farmer,  is greeted by a pool of cloudy, sweet, and viscous aguamiel - rich in essential amino acids, sugars, vitamins, mineral salts, and natural gums. How does the tlachiquero harvest the liquid from the plant? Using his lungs as a vacuum, the tlachiquero siphons the aguamiel into an acocote, or hollowed out gourd, and then deposits the sap into a container. The tlachiquero siphons the aguamiel from the same plant every dawn and dusk for 3-6 months.

After 6 months, the hollowed out cavity of the maguey plant is scratched to begin stimulation of its sap.

After every siphoning, the maguey cavity is scratched to stimulate the secretion of more sap. This scratching and siphoning occurs until the plant dries up and dies 4-6 months later.

Scratch & Siphon

Fermentation

Fermentation is the process when sugar converts to alcohol.  The fermentation process begins inside of the plant and continues in a tinacal, or fermentation room, where the aguamiel  is deposited into fermentation tanks. The fermentation is kickstarted with a stronger "seed" or "mother starter." The result is one of America's first probiotic and alcoholic beverages.  

Pulque

Once aguamiel has been fermented to a certain degree (between 4% and 7% alcohol) it can now be called pulque. Pulque is usually consumed after 7-14 days. 

Distillation

Distillation, also known as purification,  is the process of slowly heating up and then cooling down a lower concentration of alcohol so that the remaining liquid has a higher concentration of alcohol.

Pulcatta

The alcohol percentage varies depending on the brand and tasting qualities that the distiller is looking for. In the case of Xoma, we distill the pulque to 40% alcohol by volume.

Xoma

Introducing the first pulcatta product in the US market. 

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