Review #784 – Del Maguey Wild Papalome

Review #784 | /r/Mezcal Review #7 – Dal Maguey Wild Papalome

The Schtick: “We met our first producer for our Vino De Mezcal series, Fernando Caballero Cruz five or six years ago at the annual Dia de los Magueyeros. He and his family live in the Mixteca Alta region. The trip in to Teozacoalco is about 5 hours on the worst rock and dirt road we have ever been on. The maguey Papalometl is named in Nahuatl for the butterfly (papalotl), Scientific name: agave Cupreata and looks like a giant Tobala. Distillation takes place in a stainless pot with a clay condensor and Carrizo (Mexican bamboo) tube. Earthy, dark and delicious. The nose is like sinking into a rich leather chair. A palate of leather, slate, a hint of black olive and meatiness. A medium long finish starting with slightly sweet notes of dark dried black cherries that gives way to an earthy, savory mushroom. Enjoy!” – Del Maguey Website

Wild Papalome Product Sheet


Village: San Pedro Teozacolalco

Palenquero: Fernando “El Bigote” Caballero Cruz, Fernando Caballero Miguel

State: Oaxaca

Region: Mixteca Alta

Maguey: Papalometl, Tobala

Agave Species: A. cupreata, A. potatorum

Age of Maguey: 10-12 years

Elevation: 1590 M (5200 feet)

Roast Duration: 3-5 days

Type of Wood: Oak

Milling: Molino, Animal

Size of Tinas: 220 L

Fermentation Duration: 5-7 days

Water Source: Spring

Still Type: Stainless Steel/Clay

Still Size: 60 L


Distiller: Del Maguey

Bottler: Del Maguey

ABV: 45% ABV

Age: N/A

Additional Info: Batch PAP-161

Source: Sample


Nose: Rich, vibrant fruitiness. Vinegar, soil. Sweet honey, confectioners sugar, musty acids.

Taste: Thin to medium mouthfeel, no heat. Sweet cream, mildly smoky. Tobacco, soil, rhubarb, beets. Vibrant, effervescent fruitiness. Pear, mango, chili peppers.

Finish: Short but crisp, clean. No heat. Pepper, more smoky. Lots of soil influence, some rubber, sweet cream.

Overall: This was very nice. Unique, vibrant, and bursting with flavor. I bet it makes a wild cocktail, also.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 7


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