Sotol Por Siempre
Por Siempre // Chihuahua, Mexico
Distilled at a sixth-generation distillery in the Sierra Madre Mountains of the Mexican state of Chihuahua, Por Siempre is distilled from the wild-harvested native desert spoon plant (known in Spanish as "Sotol"). The piñas of the sotol are placed in a volcanic rock-lined pit where they roast for 3-4 days. They are then hand-crushed and open-air fermented for 4-8 days. Distillation occurs in a pot-still fueled by fire for the first distillation and gas for the second. It is distilled to 60-80% ABV and brought down to proof. It rests for 60 days before bottling unfiltered.
Sotol BlancoDistilled from the Dasylirion wheeleri (aka desert spoon). Technically not an agave. Must be distilled in the Mexican states of Coahuila, Chihuahua, or Durango. Unaged.
"The nose features lime and grapefruit peel along with a bit of white pepper and a hint of florality. A bit of earthiness also presents itself, and just a whisper of smoke appears. On the palate, the entry is slightly sweet, with wet cement and saddle leather notes, before a rush of smoke and white pepper. Underneath, there is still an evident sweetness and some herbal notes before a nice finish of campfire smoke and leather. This sotol is an excellent example of the quality that can be achieved with skilled hands handling the distillation of the desert spoon plant."