Del Maguey Wild Papalome Mezcal
Del Maguey // Oaxaca, Mexico
Papalome or Papalometl, meaning "butterfly" in the Nahuatl language, is a wild-harvested agave fairly similar in appearance to agave Tobalá. This offering from Del Maguey is made by Maestro Mezcalero Fernando Caballero Cruz in San Pedro Teozacoalco, Oaxaca. Maestro Fernando’s method of distillation is a bit unusual as he employs stainless steel pot-stills with a clay and bamboo condenser offering what some might say is the best of both worlds.
Mezcal JovenA spirit distilled from one or more different varieties of agave. Can only be produced in designated areas within 8 different Mexican states. Must be bottled in México. This is unaged or aged in stainless steel or plastic containers before bottling.
"Papalome is known for its rustic, earthy character and this one is no different. It is dirty and gamey on the nose with notes of hot clay, charred pineapple and burning mesquite (no doubt enhanced by the clay in the condenser). The nose is mirrored on the palate although much sweeter than expected. "