Cinco Sentidos Jabali is made by maestro mezcalero Alberto Martinez, whose palenque is lodged into the side of a mountain at about 6,500 ft above sea level.
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|Category:||Destilado de Agave|
|Agave / Maguey:||Jabali|
|Town:||Santa Catarina Albarradas|
|Age of plant:||12-18 years|
About this destilado de agave
5 Sentidos Jabali is made in small batches of 20-90 liters. The 2nd batch of this in the US was distilled from 193 mature Jabali piñas that were wild-harvested from up to 10,000 feet above sea level in the mountains of Santa Catarina Albarradas, Oaxaca. The piñas were cooked together in an underground oven before being hand mashed by master distiller Alberto Martinez and his son in-law Reinaldo. After the mash, the cooked agave was left to ferment in stone tanks with spring water and ground “encino de agua,” a type of nitrogen-rich tree bark that helps stabilize the fermentation at such cold weather. The result is a decadent, complex spirit that channels flavors and aromas of the rocky cliff sides where these wild agave were harvested. There have been several Jabali batches imported and all are produced in a similar fashion. Read about our visit with maestro mezcalero Alberto Martinez in the blog post Cinco Sentidos and El Destilado
- JB01 – 84-liters
- AV01 – 20-liters released to Chicago’s The Aviary.
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 bottles pictured on Mezcal Reviews 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