Another Single Village Mezcal from the incredible Del Maguey producers. One of the few distillers in the world to showcase Mezcal through single village expressions, showcasing the unique differences that the various regions can have on the final spirit, Del Maguey have been producing their boutique, artisanal Mezcal since 1995.
By using only the finest, organically-grown agaves, and processing them by hand using ancient and indigenous techniques, Del Maguey deliver exceptional expressions of this spicy, smoky spirit that is growing in popularity. Once considered the 'poor cousin' of Tequila, Mezcal is now being seen as a premium distillate thanks to producers such as Del Maguey.
The Santo Domingo Albarradas comes from the village of the same name, in the Mixe region south of Oaxaca. Roasted in the earth 'ovens' for 4-8 days, then milled by hand (and horse), before fermentation and double distillation in wood-fired copper stills. A delicate and fruity Mezcal, with a classic layer of smoke. Perfect for sipping, with the tiniest splash of water to knock the alcohol back a bit.
Santo Domingo Albarradas is located in the Mixe (pronounced Mee-Hay) region south of Oaxaca. The Mixe is a high altitude tropical zone closely resembling parts of Hawaii. Tropical plants and fruits grow here beside rushing mountain streams. Cool gray mists blow through the valleys and pine trees also grow nearby. The water here is spectacular! 100% Espadin agave. Village: Santo Domingo Albarradas. Roasted 4-8 days. Fermentation 10-12 days.
Albarradas has a high light nose with lots of citrus overtones. A bit of roasted pear too. Lots of tropical fruit on the tongue, spicy and woody with a clean dry finish.
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The aromas of this mezcal are not overpowering. There's actually a gentle heady infusion of some charred pineapple core, fresh flowers, and jalapeno pepper. The palate, however, is exotically pungent and packed with flavor. That includes notes of mesquite, bbq sauce, mustard seeds, sesame seeds, cooked guava, brown sugarcane and leaves. It’s really phenomenal and has a deep smokey nature that coats the mouth.
KARA NEWMAN - WINE ENTHUSIAST
Another single-village mezcal from Del Maguey. This crystal-clear mezcal has not much aroma, just a spicy scent which later opens up to a faint, grassy sweetness. Vegetal, grassy, slightly sweet flavors finish dry and pleasant, with just a little spice. Light body, unctuous feel
JACOB GRIER - DISTILLER.COM
This is one assertive mezcal! On the nose it offers bold notes of strawberry and fermented fruit alongside rustic agave distillate. These rich flavors carry through to the palate, with lots of tropical fruit, salinity, and a hint of smoky barbecue sauce. Despite its vigorous character and high proof, this is an eminently sippable spirit for those who enjoy the wild and unusual flavors mezcal has to offer. Unique and highly recommended.