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El Buho Pulquero tasting notes


  • Location: Santiago Matatlan, Oaxaca
  • Agave: Pulquero (Americana)
  • Maestro: Octavio Jimenez Monterroza
  • Abv: 48%
  • Tasting keywords: mineral, orange zest, earthy 
  • NOM: 0110X


Somewhat subtle aromas of minerals and orange zest and clean and earthy. 


In the mouth the flavors are bold and bright with more citrus zest, chalky minerals, cacao nib, and spices like nutmeg and mace. The finish is long and pleasantly earthy, reminiscent of tomato leaf and coriander seeds. 


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 Pablo Guila. These agaves are traditionally used to make pulque, the ancestral fermented beverage, and typically need 15-20 years to mature. This batch of 383 liters from October 2017 was aged in plastic for 7 months 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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