5 Sentidos Pichomel y Papalome is part of “La Colección Mixteca,” a curated selection of small-batch spirits from the Mixteca region of Oaxaca and Puebla.
5 Sentidos Pichomel y Papalome
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|Category:||Destilado de Agave|
|Mezcalero:||Atelo Ramirez, Laura Arriaga|
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About this destilado de agave
5 Sentidos Pichomel y Papalome is an ensamble of two species of wild agave that were harvested in the Zapotitlan Salinas region of Puebla. Masestro Mezcalero Atelo Ramirez and his wife Laura Arriaga crafted this small batch in a makeshift stainless steel and copper still that uses a clay “barro bruñido” cazuela made by Laura as the hat atop the boiling chamber. Despite its rustic origins, the result is as well-rounded, highly balanced mezcal that recalls fruit-flavored candies. The 2019 batch of this was just 121 Liters. The 2022 batch of this was 210 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 (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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Zack Klamn511 reviews
Nose – Baked granny smith apples. Powdered sugar. Sour red grape.
Palate – Funky & fruity. Apple sour candy. An interesting finish – charred oak, pine needle and dry apple cider.
Wow – this is all over the place but manages to hold my attention from start to finish. Savory but not too savory. Funky but not excessive. That onion note is delightful but not grating. Pepper and minerality, but never more than just enough. If you want a unique and savory mezcal, this is it.
Cayenne vinegar and crisp granny smith apples. There are some interesting flavors here that bounce between sweet, savory, and spicy. This has changed a lot since I first tried it when 5 Sentidos launched in Texas in February 2019. The flavors seem a bit more compact, punchy, and bright now whereas before there was some loose funk. This was distilled in Jan/Feb 2019. Eager to try more from Atelo Ramirez.
Cucumber, mint, some cilantro
Tasted this just 16 days off the still.. Aromas of butter, cream, cantaloupe, pumpkin seeds, brie cheese, and pickled carrots. A lot for the nose to decipher! The palate is equally complex but very concise and well-blended. The front of the palate is hit with strong flavors of a big juicy cheeseburger fresh off the grill, leading to more candied notes of orange juice, pear, and plums. Medium to long finish. This is a pure delight! Incredibly complex yet well established considering how recently this was made.
Tasted this just 16 days off the still.. Aromas of butter, cream, cantaloupe, pumpkin seeds, brie cheese, and pickled carrots. A lot for the nose to decipher! The palate is equally complex but very concise and well-blended. The front of the palate is hit with strong flavors of a big juicy cheeseburger fresh off the grill, leading to more candied notes of orange juice, pear, and plums. Medium to long finish. This is a pure delight! Incredibly complex yet well established considering how recently