Santo Domingo Albarradas
Albarradas has a high light nose with lots of citrus overtones. A bit of roasted pear too. Lots of tropical fruit on the tongue, spicy and woody with a clean dry finish. Santo Domingo Albarradas is located in the Mixe (pronounced Mee-Hay) region south of Oaxaca. The Mixe is a high altitude tropical zone closely resembling parts of Hawaii. Tropical plants and fruits grow here beside rushing mountain streams. Cool gray mists blow through the valleys and pine trees also grow nearby. The water here is spectacular! Espiridion Morales Luis and his son Juan are our Palenqueros. Espiridion has been making Mezcal since the Fifties. He is soft spoken and sincere which reflects in the honesty of his mezcal.
Village: Santo Domingo Albarradas
Palenquero: Espiridion Morales Luis
Region: Sierra Norte
Agave Species: Angustolia Haw
Age of Maguey: 8-10 years
Elevation: 1480 M (4855 feet)
Roast Duration: 4-8 days
Type of Wood: Oak
Milling: Wheel, Horse
Size of Tinas: 2300 L
Fermentation Duration: 10-12 days
Water Source: Spring
Still Type: Copper
Still Size: 300-320 L
Vol Ordinario per Tina: 300-320 L
ABV of Mezcal: 48%
Vol Mezcal Produced per tina: 160-200 L
Mezcales de Leyenda was founded by Jaun Jesus Lozoya and Cesar Gonzalez Hermosillo, holding long standing relationships with artisanal mescal producers from different regions in Mexico. In 2009 Pedro Ochoa and New York based chef Danny Mena joined Mezcales de Leyenda to educate the public on mezcal as a category. Each silver, unblended mezcal was chosen based on typicity and quality and is distilled in small batches by local families. The agave was roasted in stone pits covered with lava rocks, after which it fermented for about four days in wood vats. It was then distilled in copper pot stills. All the wild agave used to produce Mezcales de Leyenda is grown in a sustainable method and certified organic by the USDA and CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers).
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