The Schtick: This was a bottle that I tried blind and then took a stab at guessing the provenance.
“Produced in the sparse lands of Sierra Madre Oriental, this region creates a unique mezcal with great character
AGAVE CUPREATA: This wild agave Cupreata, known as Papalote or Ancho, grows wild below the deciduous forest and oak trees. This agave takes between 7 and 10 years to reach maturity, and will takes approximately 14-17kg of agave to produce 1 liter of mezcal. With much pride we sustainably harvest these wild magueyes.
OSCAR OBREGÓN: Don Oscar Obregón, born into a mezcalero family, is the 4th generation in his lineage to be distilling mezcal. His attention for detail in his special fábrica, gives this complex agave a level of quality rarely seen in any mezcal.
FÁBRICA: Cooking of Agave: Traditional lava rock lined underground pit for 4 days
Milling: Crushed mechanical mill.
Fermentation: Open air wooden vats for 3 days, natural yeasts
Distillation: Slowly double distilled in copper pots” – MdL Website
Distiller: Mezcales De Leyenda
Bottler: Mezcales De Leyenda
ABV: 45% ABV
Style: 100% Maguey Papalote | Agave Cupreata
Distillation: Double Distillation, Copper Pot
Nose: Vinegar, ammonia. Confectioners sugar, earthy, leather, burning rubber. Some tomato and orange essence. Not sweet, fairly sour.
Taste: Thin mouth feel, no heat. Salty, briny, earthy. Rubber and ammonia, super funky. Tomato, citrus, leather. Faintly meaty. Lightly smoky.
Finish: Medium in length, slightly smoky here also. Orange peel, vanilla, earthy, meaty and rubber forward.
Overall + Guess: I’m certain this is a Mezcal, potentially Espadin or Tobala, around 43% ABV. Maybe something from Del Maguey?
Reveal: Mezcales De Leyenda Guerrero. Nailed the spirit, close on ABV. I need to work more on paying better attention to different characteristics of the different agaves, but I am pretty satisfied with my guess, and very satisfied with the dram. A good one, for sure.
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