5 Sentidos Espadillon 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|
|Distillation:||Clay Pot, Steel|
|Town:||San Jose Rio Minas|
|Age of plant:||14 years|
|Batch size:||140 liters|
|Website:||http://www.drink5sentidos.com/, opens in new window|
About this destilado de agave
A rare chance to taste maguey “Espadillon,” this yet to be scientifically identified plant was one of the main agave varieties used for mezcal production in the Mixteca Alta before eventually being supplanted by government-introduced Espadín in the 1970s. Emmanuel Ramirez and his family are one of the few families in the region to still cultivate this variety that can take up to 14 years to reach maturity, and this expression is possibly the first Espadillon to be exported to the U.S. Intensely aromatic and slightly feral, this 140-liter batch demands to be sipped slowly.
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