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Pelotón de la Muerte Vegan Pechuga Tasting Notes


  • Location: Mazatlan, Guerrero
  • Agave: Maguey Criollo y Ancho / A. angustifolia Rubescens and A. cupreata
  • Maestro Mezcalero: Rodolfo Obregón
  • ABV: 45.1%
  • Tasting keywords: Lemon, grapefruit, and orange peel.
  • NOM: O117X
  • NOM 070 Classification: Mezcal artesanal
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Brilliant and bright! Fresh cut yellow bell pepper, makrut lime peel


This is full of bright citrus peel flavors with touches of lemon, grapefruit, and orange. You know how in yoga classes they tell you to feel the light emanating out from your body? This mezcal makes that happen in your mouth. It instantly conjures up cocktail applications like a Peloton and Tonic but it’s well worth savoring on its own for the pep that it will give you.

Method / Background Notes

The Pelotón de la Muerte Vegan Pechuga is made from a field blend of will Guerrero agaves, the Criollo (A. angustifolia Rubescens) and Acho (A. cupreata) which are roasted together in an underground oven. The roast agaves are then mechanically crushed and fermented in the open air. It was twice distilled, the pechuga ingredients were hug from the Arabic still on the second pass and follow an Obregón family recipe.

Close observers will note that the word “pechuga” is nowhere to be seen on the bottle. That’s because the CRM regulations insist that an animal has to be included in the distillation in order for a bottle to use the word “pechuga.” NOM 70 allows Pelotón de la Muerte to describe this as a “destilado con…”

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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