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Desert Door Original

Desert Door Texas Sotol Original is produced using sotol plants harvested in the Chihuahuan Desert of West Texas. This sotol is herbaceous, creamy, and the vegetal notes reflect it’s desert terroir.

Rating: (4 reviews)
Category:Sotol
Brand:Desert Door Texas Sotol
Dasylirion:Texanum
Grind:Shredder
Distillation:Copper
Style:Joven
ABV: 40%
Release year: 2017
Website: https://www.desertdoor.com
About this sotol

Desert Door Texas Sotol Original 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 adjusted to 40% ABV using purified water before being bottled. This sotol is herbaceous, creamy, and the vegetal notes reflect it’s desert terroir.

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.

4 reviews

3.6 of out 5 stars


Rorschach

Rorschach

17 reviews
4 months ago

Bought a bottle directly from the distillery in April 2019.
Grassy and a little thin, like maybe a low fat tepextate mezcal. To me this is a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc if compared to wine. There is plenty of mezcal/sotol from Mexico for less money I’d buy every time before this.

Tyler

Tyler

311 reviews
7 months ago

Tried a few different batches and they’ve all been a bit different. Enjoyed it most the first time when I toured the distillery right after they opened; it was really herbal, grassy, and soft. A later batch tasted like burnt tires. The one I’m tasting now (no batch number) is very mediocre – it is watery with some soft wood, sour white grapes, and vanilla custard. It’s about $50-$60 for a bottle which is a bit expensive for an “industrial” sotol. I’m looking forward to trying the aged version because it’s 50% ABV.

Tried a few different batches and they’ve all been a bit different. Enjoyed it most the first time when I toured the distillery right after they opened; it was really herbal, grassy, and soft. A later batch tasted like burnt tires. The one I’m tasting now (no batch number) is very mediocre – it is watery with some soft wood, sour white grapes, and vanilla custard. It’s about $50-$60 for a bottle which is a bit expensive for an “industrial” sotol. I’m looking forward to trying t

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GreenspointTexas

GreenspointTexas

129 reviews
10 months ago

Excellent sotol, especially considering it’s the first commercially produced American Sotol. May be a little overly herbal, but other than that, no complaints.

PDutton

PDutton

55 reviews
10 months ago

Unsure lot numbers, tried three batches.

Sweetish from afar, and more sour as the nose goes in. Quite sour, with peppermint and spearmints, mild pork, decently aromatic. Seems bigger so far than 40% would suggest. Sour limes, pink peppercorns, sage, hint of thyme, hyssop, toffee, tiny touch of minerality/ozone. More sour than I’d like on the midpallete, with a musty finish. Good toffee sweetness on the entry.

EDIT: Will update soon. Things have gotten better.

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