Pal'alma Sonora Lechuguilla Mezcal
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Pal'alma Sonora Lechuguilla Mezcal

Item # 45944 750mL

Far from the beaten path of Oaxaca on the border of Arizona and separated from the Baja Peninsula by the Gulf of California, a tiny outpost of traditional mezcaleros in Sonora are making some under the radar masterpieces. Distilled from Lechuguilla agaves and blended to proof from the puntas and colas, the spirit slowly unfurls hidden depths of flavor that speak directly to this special terroir and the hand of the artisan that painstakingly made it. Notes of currant fruits, fresh cheese, minerals, honeydew, hoja santa and cocoa are only a few of the things you will find. Only 44 bottles were created for this batch!

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Staff Pick Notes

Saline. Savory. The waning embers of a campfire. Those were my first impressions of this stellar spirit. That was before I tasted it. The subtle, earthy nose unfurls into a completely different flavor profile. The palate is much more fresh and fruit forward than the nose suggests. This distillate hails from Sonora, not exactly the center of the bullseye for agave aficionados. It doesn’t quite fit into the Mezcal D.O., but if something this delicious and unique doesn’t play by the rules, who cares about official designation? Super small artisanal production, fermentation of Lechuguilla in a rawhide sack, and ‘Filipino style’ double distillation in clay pot stills all add to the distinct individuality of this gem. Don’t miss out on this. It will be gone before you know it.


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