X'tabentun, 
liqueur of the Maya

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Myths and legends are almost as old as mankind itself. They are born from the interaction of man’s imaginative creativity and reality. X’tabentun, the liquor that the ancient Mayas offered to their gods during ceremonies, is completely surrounded by a mystic halo.

As for X’tabentun, we find stories of fabulous supernatural beings from Mayan mythology, which in legend form have become fantastic literature that has nothing in common with other cultures.

This magical literature which is alive and well with today’s contemporary Mayas can be seen in their lifestyles, habits and traditions.

Among the local campesinos/Mayan farmers, there is hardly a person that doesn’t believe in the existence of XKeban, a feminine being or spirit, who puts out nasty traps for young people with the object of hurting or killing them. It is behind the image of XKeban that the spirit of Utz-Colel hides.

In the eyes of the neighbors, Utz-Colel was a good woman, a woman that should be pleased; however, her essence was one of egotism and she had a hard, cold heart. On the other hand, Xkeban was the town sinner, and she was capable of taking the most valued possessions of the wealthy to help out the poor.

Maybe, because of this, at the death of Xkeban, Mother Nature wanted to pay her honors. The next day, her tomb was covered in wonderful flowers that had never before been seen in the land of the Mayab. The entire village was breathing in the fine aroma of the incredible flowers. It is told that this flower, called X’tabentun, is the same one that grows wild among the agave plant leaves. This is the legend of this liquor, native to our state, made with rum, anis and the honey that comes from the X’tabentun flower.

Nowadays, males who know the story, when they taste X’tabentun, say that it is so sweet and intoxicating just as the love of Xkeban must have been.

Barmen tell us that it is common to serve X’tabentun either alone, with ice and honey, or simply cold. It is sipped from a small glass that may have a coffee bean in the bottom. There are also those that like to pour a bit into their coffee. To those who are in the know about Yucatecan gastronomy, they highly recommend a cold glass of the aromatic drink as the perfect ending to a Yucatecan meal of lime soup and some tacos of roasted suckling pig – cochinita pibil.

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Website: www.xtabentun.com

Text: Yurina Fernandez Noa

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01.

Ordering X'tabentun's licor

Hi,

I am living in France and would like to order the X'tabentun's licor. Do you know where i can find it on the internet ?

Cheers

02.

ordering

Visit their website www.xtabentun.com and click on Contact for information.

03.

E'XTABENTUN

I JUST PURCHASED SOME @ BENNIE'S LIQUORS IN WILLOWBROOK,ILL. IT IS DISTRUBETED IN THE CHICAGO AREA BY STOLAR LIQUOR DIST,OF FRANKLIN PARK ILL. 1-847-957-1200

04.

Make a Dessert

I cut up strawberries,bannas,kiwi,&
mango with 4 tablespoons x'tabantan,
mix refrigerate for an hour or two.
It is SO GOOD!

05.

AFTER DINNER OR TO START THE DAY

FRESH GROUND COFFEE / A LITTLE VANILLA & A 1/2 OZ -- 1 OZ, X'TABENTUN

06.

X'tabentun

What a terrific article! Is it possible to visit where X'tabentun is made?

07.

re. xtabentun

Yes, it is made here: www.xtabentun.com

This travel agency does tours: www.orbitur.com.mx

"TASTING TOUR: Discover how the rum, the traditional xtabentún (pronounced sh-ta-ben-toon) and liquors from tropical and exotic fruits like coconut, guanabana or nance are made. Experience the taste of the distilled liquors from the most important producer in the Yucatan. The liquor house is located in an old and still inhabited hacienda from the XVIII century, with an interesting yard of typical Mayan trees and plants and located in the outskirts of Mérida city.The tour includes: the rum barrels deposit, the production area, the filling area, the pottery and painting room, the traditional garden, liquor tasting & Wholesaler price shopping. Expected length of the tour: two hours Departures: Monday to Friday 9:00 and 12:00 hours (pick up:8:25-8:55 and 11:25-11:55)."

08.

Valladolid

Thank you. I was wondering if it is also made in Valladolid. I do not think that we will make it to Merida this trip.

09.

re. valladolid

As far as I know they just have the one factory.

10.

Xtabentun

I was in Mexico last year and purchased some "Xtabentun Licor Maya" and would like to know how I can purchase this from the U.S.

11.

Xtabentun Licor

Total Wine Stores around Phoenix, I'm sure most large liquor store have it now, its a Global Economy.

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