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The Lost Explorer Salmiana Tasting Notes


  • Location: San Pablo Huixtepec, Oaxaca
  • Agave: Salmiana / A. salmiana
  • Maestro Mezcalero: Don Fortino Ramos
  • ABV: 42%
  • Tasting keywords: Pickled japeño, dried orange peel.
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A nose that summons images of sagebrush deserts. Pickled jalapeños, sandalwood,


Light in body with a touch of that distilled in clay characteristic. The flavor of pickle juice carries over from the nose, it even has a touch of that pulque flavor highlighted by dried orange peel.

Method / Background Notes

The Lost Explorer’s Salmiana was made with 12-year old agave which were roasted underground in a conical oven for three days then rested uncovered for 2-3 days. Open fermentation in oak tanks, twice distilled in a copper alembic. All three labels currently available in The Lost Explorer family share light bodies and bright flavors which reveal the continuity of Don Fortino Ramos’ hand in all of them.

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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