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El Buho Arroqueño tasting notes


  • Location: Santiago Matatlan, Oaxaca
  • Agave: Arroqueno
  • Maestro: Octavio Jimenez Monterroza
  • Abv: 53%
  • Tasting keywords: melon, spicy, velvety 
  • NOM: 0110X


Aromas of berries and watermelon with earthy spice undertones, absolutely seductive and classic. 


Spicy and crisp, the flavors of sweet red fruits are juicy and refreshing as layers of spice and subtle salinity envelope the tongue. A velvety texture adds to the overall sense of luxury of this wild variety mezcal. 


Produced traditionally with in-ground stone horno, wild open air fermentation, tahona, and copper pot distillation at the family palenque in Santiago Matatlan. Agaves were sourced from San Baltasar Guelavila. This batch of 1,247 liters from December 2017 was aged in plastic for 2 years after distillation.

Tess Rose Lampert is a wine and spirits educator with a focus on mezcal. She is a frequent contributor to Mezcalistas and has developed programming for Mexico in a Bottle and Spirited Conversations. She has an Advanced Degree from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust, Spanish Wine Educator Certificate, an MA from the University of East Anglia, UK, in Philosophy of Food and Drink and a BA from Bard College in NY.

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