5 Sentidos Candelillo is part of “La Colección Mixteca,” a curated selection of spirits from the rustic, mountainous Mixteca region of Oaxaca and Puebla.
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|Category:||Destilado de Agave|
|Mezcalero:||Felix Jinez Macedas|
|Town:||San Luis Atolotitlan|
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About this destilado de agave
5 Sentidos Candelillo is a limited release that is part of “La Colección Mixteca” from Cinco Sentidos. Many people believe that Agave Karwinskii is found only in Oaxaca, but there are small pockets of maguey “Candelillo,” or “Cachetún” as it is known locally, in the Zapotitlan Salinas region. When regional mezcaleros work with this agave, they roast with a considerable amount of “penca” before shaving it off after the roast. Post-roast, the cooked Candellilo is mashed with wooden mallets and distilled in a makeshift galvanized steel and “cazuela” still. Due to the scarcity of agave Candelillo, it is unlikely that this batch will be repeated in the near future. The 2019 batch of this was just 128 liters.
“La Colección Mixteca” is a curated selection of small-batch agave spirits crafted in the rustic distilleries of the mountainous Mixteca region of Oaxaca and Puebla. Each bottling explores the maestro mezcalero’s interpretation of subjecting agave endemic to the region to peculiar production methods and styles that have largely fallen out of favor in modern times. A significant portion of sales from the collection will be used for palenque improvement projects.
5 Sentidos is named after the five senses that their mezcaleros use to produce their agave spirits. The producers of this mezcal do not use any model machinery or tools, being guided only by their senses throughout the production process. The brand was launched by El Destilado restaurant in centro Oaxaca. The restaurant is known for it's creative menu, unique cocktails, and exception agave spirits. The brand is a curated tour of Mexico with a wide range of expressions that are made by some of the best mezcaleros in the region. Cinco Sentidos is uncertified mezcal and is labeled as "Destilado de Agave".
A note about the bottle shape: The short round bottles are the US release bottles. In other areas of distribution (e.g. Mexico, Canada, Japan) the bottles are the taller Bordelaise shape.
Learn more about 5 Sentidos:
- Cinco Sentidos and El Destilado on Mezcal Reviews
- Santa María Ixcatlán: Rawhide Fermentation with Amando Alvarez on Mezcal Reviews
- What's in A Name? on the K&L Wines Spirits Journal blog