Review #703 | /r/Mezcal Review #5 – Del Maguey Arroqueno
The Schtick: This is a special edition release from Del Maguey totaling only 360 bottles.
“The magueys were roasted in a conical pit over hot rocks, buried with earth for three days, fermented with nothing but airborne microbes for thirty days, then twice -distilled very slowly in an ancient clay still with bamboo tubing the original, centuries-old Oaxacan, hand-crafted way.” – Del maguey site. Their site is hugely informative, and I am using their production information in place of mine below.
Village: Santa Catarina Minas
Palenquero: Florencio Carlos Sarmiento, Florencio Carlos Vasquez, Luis Carlos Vazquez
Region: Valles Centrales
Agave Species: A. americana sub. oaxaquensis
Age of Maguey: 12-25 years
Elevation: 1540 M (5052 feet)
Roast Duration: 4-5 days
Type of Wood: Huizache, Algaroble, Plum, Oak, Zapote, Jacaranda, Mango, Jarilla, Eucalyptus, Araucaria, Castor, Pitayo
Milling: By hand with bats
Size of Tinas: 1450 L
Fermentation Duration: 15-25 days
Water Source: Spring
Still Type: Clay
Still Size: 100 L
ABV of Mezcal: 49%
Nose: Huge, floral nose. Very reminiscent of some Espadin’s, but more aggressive. Jasmine, lavender, mango, papaya, guava. Vanilla cream. honey. Really fruity, bold and floral.
Taste: Medium mouthfeel, sweet honey, sweet fruits and loads of floral essence. Fruit snacks, overripe citrus fruits, faint minerality.
Finish: Long, sweet and effervescent. Floral and sweet. Lots of guava, pepper and lavendar.
Overall: This was super nice, and probably one of my favorites so far. Everything was so bold, yet well balanced.
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