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Casa D'Aristi - D'Aristi Xtabentún Honey-Anis Liqueur

Casa D'Aristi - D'Aristi Xtabentún Honey-Anis Liqueur

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CLASSIC MAYAN NECTAR

A brilliant and unique liqueur with green anise and Yucatecan bee honey!

Awards:

GOLD, BEST HONEY- The Fifty Best 2021

RECOMMENDED- Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2019

95 POINTS- Distiller.com 2017

GOLD- Tastings.com 2014

92 POINTS- Wine Enthusiast 2012

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GUARDING THE NATURAL WEALTH OF THE YUCATÁN

Casa D’Aristi is a small producer located in the Yucatán peninsula in the beautiful town of Mérida, Mexico. They are committed to producing high quality selections reflecting authentic flavors of the Yucatán.

Taking pride in sustainable production practices, they maintain close relationships with the farming communities with a focus on keeping their products free of additives and flavorings.

The founder Don Carlos Aristi, had a heart for adventure. He set off at the age of 19 to travel the Yucatán peninsula in search of Mayan culture and history. He discovered “Blaché,” an ancestral Mayan drink of fermented honey and bark, to which the Spanish settlers of the 1540s introduced green aniseed leading to the fruition of Xtabentún in 1935.

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THE LEGEND

A Mayan legend of two women, Xtabay and Utz-Colel, both with a very different heart and spirit. Xtabay was a wilder, free spirit, full of sass and audacity. Utz-Colel was cold hearted, cruel and selfish.

On the grave of Xtabay after her death, a beautiful, new sweet smelling wildflower grew which the Maya named “Xtabentún” in honor of Xtabay; nothing grew on the grave of Utz-Colel. Xtabentún is a lovely, delicate white flower found in the Yucatán.

The Maya began to produce a ceremonial beverage from the flower’s seeds into sweet nectar called Blaché.

A TRIBUTE TO THE XTABAY

In the Mayan language, xtabentún means “vines growing on stone.” This is a reference to the perennial Xtabentún climbing vine with white flowers.

The seeds of the vine contain ergine which is said to have hallucinogenic properties. It is believed Blaché is the original version of the Xtabentún liqueur made from corn and the plant’s seeds.

The Spaniard conquistadors were not too fond of Blaché, thus the Mayans introduced the non-hallucinogenic version known today as Xtabentún, containing honey and wild green anise.

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