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Pal’alma Salmiana Tasting Notes


  • Location: San Luis Potosi 
  • Agave: Salmiana / A. salmiana
  • Maestro: Patricio Hernandez
  • Quantity: 672 bottles
  • Abv: 50%
  • Tasting keywords: tropical, subtle smoke, sweet earth 


Wet earth and tropical notes are thick but not heavy. Spices like green peppercorn and mace are subtle, playing nicely with the notes of charred plantain and tobacco. 


The flavors erupt with fire roasted pineapple husk, lime zest, dried mango, and a hint of grassiness. A robust earthiness blossoms with each sip, reminiscent of roasted squash, dried orange, and green coffee beans. There are endless flavors to discover here.  


This 100% Salmiana mezcal has been aging for three years, mostly in glass. The maestro Patricio Hernandez, who is no longer with us, was operating from a storied hacienda, using pulque to fortify the fermentation. While there is still mezcal production at the hacienda, the techniques have changed significantly with the passing of Patricio, making this batch of 672 bottles truly the last of its kind.

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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