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El Buho Jabali tasting notes


  • Location: Santiago Matatlan, Oaxaca
  • Agave: Jabali 
  • Maestro: Octavio Jimenez Monterroza
  • Abv: 50%
  • Tasting keywords: complex, spicy, deep 
  • NOM: 0110X


Intense spices that are almost mole-like in complexity show notes of toasted red chile, cinnamon basil and wet cement. 


The rich texture is oily and smooth, allowing the winter spiced and menthol kissed flavors to expand over the entire palate. A fresh finish with melon and herbs keeps it bright and endlessly sippable. 


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 Santa Maria Zoquitlan. Notoriously low yielding and difficult to distill, this batch of 738 liters from April 2018 was distilled 4 times and aged 8 months in stainless steel.

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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