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Lobos 1707 tasting notes

Everyone is talking about it so we decided to take one of the newest mezcals on the market for a ride.

Details

  • Location: San Dionisio Octotepec
  • Agave: Espadín / A. angustifolia haw.
  • Maestro Mezcalero: Ausencio Leon Ruiz
  • Abocado con Madera de Barrica de Robles Español / Infused with Spanish oak used in
  • NOM 70 Classification: Mezcal Artesanal
  • ABV: 42%
  • Tasting keywords: Caramel
  • NOM: O476X
  • Buy it today

Nose

Rich agave with a touch of freshly expressed lemon peel.

Taste

Straightforward round agave roast with a touch of toffee and caramel. Rich mouth filling aftertaste of caramel.

Method / Background Notes

Here’s how the website describes the production method:

The Espadín piñas endure a darker fate, roasted in an open conical Oaxacan fire pit within strained agave fibers as kindle. Once the embers cool and the smoke settles, they are ground in a horse-pulled Egyptian mill. A deep, smoky flavor remains in an extracted liquid, and this is developed further from inside the barrel.

Lobos 1707 website

Parsing through everything that I’ve been able to read about this, this is a lower ABV espadín soaked in chunks of sherry barrels. It’s classified as an Abocado which means that it was infused in something but not aged in a barrel, an interesting distinction.

The brand seems to follow the hugely successful George Clooney and Randy Gerber tequila and mezcal brand Casamigos but be speeding things up by co-launching the mezcla with the tequila. There are echoes of the Casamigos branding strategy on the website with photos of men riding motorcycles as well and one photo that includes Lakers teammate Anthony Davis.

Max co-founded Mezcalistas with Susan way back in 2012. Before that he was a journalist at Salon.com and The San Francisco Chronicle.

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