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Desert Door Oak-Aged

Desert Door Texas Sotol Oak-Aged is produced using sotol plants harvested in the Chihuahuan Desert of West Texas. This sotol is aged in new American charred white oak barrels for 24 weeks. It has notes of caramel vanilla, mint, a subtle hint of smoke with a sweet earthy finish.

Rating: (6 reviews)
Category:Sotol
Cost:$$
Brand:Desert Door Texas Sotol, Total Wine Spirits Direct
Dasylirion:Texanum
Grind:Shredder
Distillation:Copper
Style:Reposado
Country:United States
ABV: 50%
Release year: 2018
Website: https://www.desertdoor.com, opens in new window

About this sotol

Desert Door Texas Sotol Oak-Aged is produced using sotol plants harvested in the Chihuahuan Desert of West Texas. Dasylirion Texanum, or green desert spoon, has thinner leaves than Dasylirion Wheeleri. The plants are transported to the Desert Door distillery in Driftwood, Texas and cooked in a large custom steamer (similar to a pressure cooker). Next, the plants are machine-shredded and then fermented in stainless steel tanks for 5 days using an organic, proprietary yeast. The resulting mash is distilled in their custom-build still. The spirit is aged in new American charred white oak barrels for 24 weeks. It has notes of caramel vanilla, mint, a subtle hint of smoke with a sweet earthy finish.

Desert Door Texas Sotol

Desert Door Texas Sotol was founded by three US military veterans who met at the University of Texas Austin while pursuing MBAs. The idea for the company began in a class called “New Venture Creation”. A few years later Desert Door had produced it’s first batch of unaged sotol in their distillery in Driftwood, Texas using sotol plants harvested in the Chihuahuan Desert of West Texas.

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6 reviews

3.08 out of 5

Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars1 year ago

Pretty gross.

Take something already bad, throw some oak aging on it to try and buff it up, comes out mutant and still..well, guess what?

Gross.

Zack Klamn

Zack Klamn

497 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars1 year ago

Nose – A halved, Reese peanut butter cup. Rose water. Big time oak barrel notes. This nose is better than many anejo tequilas – nice work!

Palate – A vanilla and toffee blast to start. A medicinal quality the whole way through. Spicy mint and white pepper heat in the finish. The aftertaste is exceptionally long. This was a 50 mL sample, no batch info. Overall, a nice, very clean tasting, aged spirit.

Samhain

Samhain

9 reviews
Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars2 years ago

The color is gorgeous, Liquid gold; too perfect to be natural? Taste comes on sour like a bourbon then minty and sweet and then earthy and dry past that, finishes very clean oak again questionably artificial it’s so prevalent.

TzotollineRaramuri

TzotollineRaramuri

75 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars2 years ago

?- clear; pale-light gold center, straw-yellow ocher transition, pale color to edge.
?- drying impact.
Aromas of cinnamon, tamarind, raw sugar cane, mulled orange, lemon, lime, vanilla, crème brulee, mango, guava, chamomile.
Adequate, simple production.
Adequate, complex elevage.
Average length and ordinary character.
?- astringent & coating effect;, sufficient smooth alcohol; medium body.
Primarily sour & bitter taste, light sweetness; buttery smoothness.
Flavors of spiced citrus, agave nectar, tamarind, rum, sweet pineapple, charred artichoke, red caramel apple.
Medium flavor intensity, slightly complex, correct balance.
Straightforwardly pleasant and very long finish.
Very good overall impression.

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?- clear; pale-light gold center, straw-yellow ocher transition, pale color to edge.
?- drying impact.
Aromas of cinnamon, tamarind, raw sugar cane, mulled orange, lemon, lime, vanilla, crème brulee, mango, guava, chamomile.
Adequate, simple production.
Adequate, complex elevage.
Average length and ordinary character.
?- astringent & coating effect;, sufficient smooth alcohol; medium body.
Primarily sour & bitter taste, light sweetness; buttery smoothness.
Flavors of spiced citrus, agav

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Tyler

Tyler

591 reviews
Rated 3 out of 5 stars2 years ago

Burnt lemon peel and wood on the nose. Brown sugar, freshmint (white) Tic Tacs, anise, leather, and stale coffee are some of the notes I’m picking up. The sweetness mostly overpowers the earthiness. I appreciate the higher ABV of 50% versus the 40% unaged version – there is more grassy/sotol flavor here. It’s unique but not something I’d reach for again; it is worth trying though. Sotol itself is a wild spirit and this is my first aged sotol. No batch info. This was a 50ml bottle from Total Wine & More which cost $3.

Burnt lemon peel and wood on the nose. Brown sugar, freshmint (white) Tic Tacs, anise, leather, and stale coffee are some of the notes I’m picking up. The sweetness mostly overpowers the earthiness. I appreciate the higher ABV of 50% versus the 40% unaged version – there is more grassy/sotol flavor here. It’s unique but not something I’d reach for again; it is worth trying though. Sotol itself is a wild spirit and this is my first aged sotol. No batch info. This was a 50m

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GreenspointTexas

GreenspointTexas

372 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars4 years ago

Its hot.. maybe a little too hot. Tastes more like 120 proof instead of 100. Not much difference than the unaged version, even if it spent 13 months in oak. Also, its def. overpriced at $115 a bottle. Not sad I bought one, but wont be buying another. They need to refine/retool this one for sure

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