Hacienda de Chihuahua Sotol Añejo
High up on the mountain slopes of the Chihuahuan desert grows a small plant called Sotol aka Agavacea. While it resembles agave, they are otherwise unrelated. Hacienda de Chihuahua was one of the early Sotol entries in the American market. French-trained distiller José Daumas Gil de Partearroyo (aka “Pepe”) utilizes modern equipment and techniques to create an updated expression of this classic spirit. Steam-roasted in modern ovens and triple-distilled in a double column copper-still it is aged for 2 years in French oak barrels.
Sotol AñejoDistilled from the Dasylirion wheeleri (aka desert spoon). Technically not an agave. Must be distilled in the Mexican states of Coahuila, Chihuahua, or Durango. Aged for a minimum of 1 year in barrel.
"Holding on to its rusticity there is a pronounced note of moist soil, accompanied by cola, cinnamon and parsley on the nose. On the palate there is a grassiness which strangely resembles that of rhum agricole, more soil, vanilla and parsley. A peculiar spirit and a must try for any agave spirits geek!"