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Balancan Destilado

Balancan Destilado is made by the young, dynamic producer Amando Alvarez, who is fighting to keep the Ixcateco traditions alive.

Rating: (4 reviews)
Category:Destilado de Agave
Cost:$$
Brand:Balancan
Mezcalero:Amando Alvarez
Maguey:Papalome
Agave:Cupreata
Grind:Hand
Distillation:Clay Pot
Style:Joven
State:Oaxaca
Town:Santa Maria Ixcatlan
ABV: 46%
About this destilado de agave

Balancan Destilado is made in Santa Maria Ixcatlan, Oaxaca. It’s produced by Amando Alvarez using maguey Papalome (agave Cupreata). Amando roasts his agave in an underground pit oven, mills them by hand, and ferments in rawhide sacks. Once fermented, the agave are double-distilled in small clay pot stills. Read more about our trip to visit Amando in the blog: Santa María Ixcatlán: Rawhide Fermentation with Amando Alvarez

Balancan

Balancan is a collection of uncertified spirits from Mexico. Each spirit represents the traditional methods unique to that specific region. It's sourced from small producers and designed to showcase the diversity of spirits across the country of Mexico.

4 reviews

4 out of 5


TzotollineRaramuri

TzotollineRaramuri

67 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars5 months ago

Lot PA001 Bottle#266/600
👀- clear
👃- drying impact.
Aromas of floral bouquet, honey comb, wax, linen, raw agave, quince, barley, mango, peach, green apple skin, hay, white tea, clay.
Adequate, complex production.
Average length and ordinary character.
👅- coating, slightly warming/astringent effect;, sufficient smooth alcohol; medium body.
Primarily sweet &sour taste, light bitterness; buttery smoothness.
Flavors of honey, hay, agave, peppercorn, floral, quince, green apple skin, white tea.
Medium flavor intensity, slightly complex, harmonious balance.
Straightforwardly pleasant and very long finish.
Very good overall impression.

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Lot PA001 Bottle#266/600
👀- clear
👃- drying impact.
Aromas of floral bouquet, honey comb, wax, linen, raw agave, quince, barley, mango, peach, green apple skin, hay, white tea, clay.
Adequate, complex production.
Average length and ordinary character.
👅- coating, slightly warming/astringent effect;, sufficient smooth alcohol; medium body.
Primarily sweet &sour taste, light bitterness; buttery smoothness.
Flavors of honey, hay, agave, peppercorn, floral, quince, green apple skin, wh

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Jonny

Jonny

506 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars7 months ago

PA001 from 2016. Aromas of apple cider vinegar, blue cheese, and sour green apples. Palate is peppery with sweet bell peppers. Notes of candied coated apples, sweet cream, and jalapeño cheddar. Highly viscous and genuinely approachable.

Tyler

Tyler

469 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars7 months ago

Really nice. Not quite as wild and funky as some of Amando’s other releases – maybe more approachable for mezcal newbies. Well-rounded according to my taste preferences. Flavors of cinnamon, green apple skins, and tea. Lote PA001, bottle 156/600.

GreenspointTexas

GreenspointTexas

264 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars8 months ago

Sample from Paul Dutton/Agave Fairy! Thanks! Limestone/clay like earth. Campfire with molasses and brettanomyces-like funk. Very subtle. Diggin this more than the Tuxca

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