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Balam Sotol Durango

Balam Sotol Durango is produced by Sotolero Jesus Roman in the beautiful mountainous region of Peñón Blanco, Durango.

Rating: (2 reviews)
Category:Sotol
Cost:$$
Brand:Balam
Sotolero:Jesus Roman
Dasylirion:Wheeleri
Milling:Hand
Distillation:Copper, Steel
Style:Joven
State:Durango
Town:Peñón Blanco
ABV: 47%
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About this sotol

Balam Sotol Durango is made with Dasylirion Wheeleri in Peñón Blanco, Durango. This sotol is produced by Sotolero Jesus Roman. The plants are cooked in a wood-burning oven, milled by hand, and double distilled in a copper/steel pot still.

Balam

Balam Raicilla and Sotol was launched in 2016 by Xavier Villagran. He has taken careful consideration to find raicilleros that were previously not commercializing their raicilla, which has a reputation of being the moonshine of Mexico. Balam was the second brand of raicilla to legally enter the United States market. Villagrán sources artisanal spirits: mezcals in Oaxaca, raicilla in each of the three distilling regions of Jalisco (costa, sierra, llano), sotols from Chihuahua and Durango, and the rare churique from the tiny agave lechugilla.

Member rating

3.25 out of 5

2 reviews

Jam

Jam

156 reviews
Rated 3 out of 5 stars8 months ago

47% abv, Batch RS-IV-19

Review #86: nose is full of bubblegum, mint, pine, strawberry, and cream. Palate is mostly the same with strawberry, cream, lavender, rose, then on the finish is cinnamon, sweet mint and some pine.

As James said, this is full on bubblegum. I do get some moderate mint on this though that i find really strange. It’s almost sickly sweet like there is actually sugar in it. I like it but also i dont like it. There are definitely mixed feelings on this one.

47% abv, Batch RS-IV-19
Review #86: nose is full of bubblegum, mint, pine, strawberry, and cream. Palate is mostly the same with strawberry, cream, lavender, rose, then on the finish is cinnamon, sweet mint and some pine.
As James said, this is full on bubblegum. I do get some moderate mint on this though that i find really strange. It’s almost sickly sweet like there is actually sugar in it. I like it but also i dont like it. There are definitely mixed feelings on this one.

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James Christian

James Christian

46 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars1 year ago

This is a VERY difficult bottle to rate. Giving it a 3.5 because it is one of the unique sotols (or any spirit for that matter) that I have in the cabinet.

Batch RS-IV-19

On the nose: BUBBLEGUM and light cheese notes with fruit jam spread.
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On the palate: BUBBLEGUM, strawberry, and cream bubblegum.

I’ve had this bottle for almost 2 years, and I have barely made a dent in it. It is so BUBBLEGUM FORWARD that I reserve it for tastings as an educational point, and a good laugh. I am 100% conflicted with this bottle… probably won’t buy it ever again, but do not regret it at all.

p.s. – in 2 years, it has not changed a bit in the bottle. If you’re a fan of bubblegum, this is your jam!

This is a VERY difficult bottle to rate. Giving it a 3.5 because it is one of the unique sotols (or any spirit for that matter) that I have in the cabinet.
Batch RS-IV-19
On the nose: BUBBLEGUM and light cheese notes with fruit jam spread.
.
On the palate: BUBBLEGUM, strawberry, and cream bubblegum.
I’ve had this bottle for almost 2 years, and I have barely made a dent in it. It is so BUBBLEGUM FORWARD that I reserve it for tastings as an educational point, and a good laugh. I am 100% conf

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