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El Buho Mango Mezcal tasting notes


  • Location: Santiago Matatlan, Oaxaca
  • Agave/Fruit: Espadin, Mango 
  • Maestro: Octavio Jimenez Monterroza
  • Abv: 48%
  • Tasting keywords: fruity, juicy, ripe 
  • NOM: 0110X


Pure fresh mango aromas are crisp, clean and ripe. 


Sweet and juicy mangos are front and center. Green papaya, pineapple husk, and green and pink peppercorns make up the bulk of the flavor with dried mango aroma permeating each sip. The finish is dry and flinty, creating a nice balance. 


Produced traditionally with in-ground stone horno, wild open air fermentation, tahona, and copper pot distillation at the family palenque in Santiago Matatlan. Peeled mangos are added into the mezcal for a third distillation, in the same style as a pechuga. This batch of 409 liters is from 2019.

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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