Location: Mascota, Jalisco
Agave: A. lechuguilla
Maestro Raicillero: Manuel Salcedo
Vintage: May 2017
Tasting keywords: roses, lemon zest, pine tips.
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A touch of chamomile, honey, and roses.
Bright with a spark of lemon zest, pine tips, and a hint of cinnamon.
Method / Background Notes
Roasted in an above ground horno made out of brick and adobe. Milled in a shredder of Salcedo’s own design. Fermented for six days with ambient yeasts. Distilled in a 250 liter still made out of stainless steel and oak. Aged for 39 months in single use French oak barrels.
This exceedingly light aged mezcal widens the discussion around barrel aging mezcal both because you rarely find aged lechuguilla and because the idea behind the entire Doña Tules project is to bring out the identity of the spirit with wood. Usually barrel aging for this long results in a lush and round spirit but the Doña Tules 04 has well defined edges and a expressive flavor notes. I’ve been impressed by all the Doña Tules bottles because they achieve a synthesis where you continue to experience the original spirit while encountering a new range of flavors and aromas.
The Wisdom Archive has a fantastic video of Manuel Salcedo as he walks you through his entire process, especially his above ground adobe oven. He also touches on just how recent this spirit achieved legitimacy