- Puebla, Mexico
NUKU traces its roots to a picturesque valley in Atlixco, Mexico in the state of Puebla. Located at the foot of the most active volcano in Mexico named Popocatepetl (”el Popo”), NUKU is a result of traditions learned and inherited from the best Mezcal Masters of the Poblana region.
Luis Aguilar is the Master Mezcallier, with 20 years producing experience. Luis’s four daughters are also a big part of production and sales.
NUKU’s agave fields are located within the Popocateptl Volcano Transversal a chain of active and inactive volcanoes in Puebla, 20,000 years ago, a volcanic eruption occurred on these lands, creating soil rich with nutrients like silica and potassium, which are vital for the development of the leaf and the heart of the agave. This volcanic earth also contains obsidian lava rock, which produces a naturally aerated soil that the roots of the agave plant can easily penetrate. The agave can take up to 7 years to mature. The high subsoil microporosity encourages root vegetables including potatoes, carrots, onions, turnips and swedes, to expand without limit in a freely drained subsoil environment that’s why Agaves are sweet and rich in vitamins. With proper management volcanic ash soils are capable of high productivity and long-term agricultural and environmental sustainability. Making for a lighter fruitier style of Mezcal.