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El Buho Espadin tasting notes


  • Location: Santiago Matatlan, Oaxaca
  • Agave: Espadin
  • Maestro: Octavio Jimenez Monterroza
  • Abv: 43%
  • Tasting keywords: fresh, pineapple, light smoke 
  • NOM: 0110X


Fresh fruity pineapple aromas with green grassy notes and just a hint of smoke, classic Oaxaca. 


The texture starts out soft, gently coating the palate with tropical fruit flavors before peppery green spiciness kicks in, adding depth and complexity. A touch of smoke rounds out the flavor without overpowering the agave core. 


The flagship mezcal of the brand, this traditionally produces mezcal includes a 7 day cook in underground stone lined horno, 10 day fermentation in pine vats with wild yeasts, horse drawn tahona crush, and double distillation in copper pot stills. Batch sizes are approximately 5,000 liters, produced 2-4 times per year.

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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