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El Buho Tepeztate tasting notes


  • Location: Santiago Matatlan, Oaxaca
  • Agave: Tepeztate 
  • Maestro: Octavio Jimenez Monterroza
  • Abv: 48%
  • Tasting keywords: bold, mineral, floral 
  • NOM: 0110X


Pungent and steely, the mineral rich and floral aromas are heady and enticing. 


Bright acidity is refreshing and pairs nicely with the red chile spice at the fore. Flavors of orange blossom, hibiscus, light caramel and tomatillo are balanced throughout, with a satiny texture that leaves the palate slightly tingling. 


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. Distilled 3 times, this batch of 1,680 liters from 2016 was aged 20 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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