5 Sentidos Espadin (Alberto Martinez) is a rare release from Alberto due to agave Espadin’s relative scarcity in the region of Santa Catarina Albarradas.
5 Sentidos Espadin – Alberto Martinez
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|Category:||Destilado de Agave|
|Town:||Santa Catarina Albarradas|
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About this destilado de agave
5 Sentidos Espadin (Alberto Martinez) is made in Santa Catarina Albarradas, Oaxaca. Agave Espadin grows extremely slowly at the high altitudes surrounding Alberto’s palenque (nearly 7,000 feet above sea level) and Alberto only cultivates enough from his fields to produce a batch of Espadin every 2-3 years. The first batch into the US (Batch ESALB01-19) was made with only 31 pinas roasted over oak and acacia leaves. The agave was mashed with wooden mallets and axes, and fermented in stone tanks with Tepehuaje bark. They were then double distilled in small clay pots. The first batch was just 120 liters.
5 Sentidos (or Cinco 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”.
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
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Eucalyptus, ben gay, green tea, moth balls, mike and ikes, bbq sauce. Really odd combo that somehow works well. I cant pin this one down. Different with every sip, but enjoyable
Zack Klamn512 reviews
Nose – Caramel. Charred pork fat.
Palate – Caramilk candy bar (Canadians will get the reference). Sea salt. Rubber band. Oaky smoke. Lemon ginger herbal tea. Icing sugar in the finish. The aftertaste is exceptionally long – a good minute or two of bond fide, morphing flavors (i.e. clay, rose petal, cocoa). Overall, a pretty frickin’ awesome espadin- insane complexity as Rakhal noted.
Lot: ESALB01-19. This one took me several sessions to wrap my head around. This is a Mezcal lovers Espadin. Complex and challenging, this batch is not for the newbie. Alberto Martinez really knows how to bring out complex flavors from his agaves. I have a feeling that everyone who tries this is going to taste something different. For me, right off the bat I got a flavor that reminded me of new tennis balls, similar to his Sierra Negra. It’s very woody and aromatic like cedar and sandalwood. Spicy like allspice, and cinnamon. It’s creamy and a bit bitter like gentian root tea, peat bog, and burnt match. Then at the end it’s herbal with notes of citrus like chamomile tea and meyer lemon. Every time I try it I like it more.
Lot: ESALB01-19. This one took me several sessions to wrap my head around. This is a Mezcal lovers Espadin. Complex and challenging, this batch is not for the newbie. Alberto Martinez really knows how to bring out complex flavors from his agaves. I have a feeling that everyone who tries this is going to taste something different. For me, right off the bat I got a flavor that reminded me of new tennis balls, similar to his Sierra Negra. It’s very woody and aromatic like cedar and sandalwood.