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Don Mateo Pechuga

Don Mateo Pechuga is made with agave Cenizo, which makes it unique as most other pechugas are made with agave Espadin.

Rating: (4 reviews)
Brand:Don Mateo Mezcal
Mezcalero:Emilio Vieyra
Town:San Miguel
About this mezcal

Don Mateo Pechuga is a pure sampling from Michoacan. It’s made with agave Cenizo, which makes it unique as most exported pechugas mezcals are made with agave Espadin. During the third distillation, Don Emilio’s wife adds her special recipe, which calls for chicken breast, deer meat, and a blend of select spices. This blend give the mezcal a fuller, richer taste.  This mezcal has a nose of roasted agave, tropical fruits, citrus, earthy notes and spice. It has a great texture and weight on the palate. Some batches of this will use different types of meat that are not chicken.

Don Mateo Mezcal

Emilio Vieyra and his father own and operate Mezcal Don Mateo de la Sierra. Don Mateo was Emilio’s great grandfather. He migrated from Guanajuato to Michoacán in 1840, and began producing mezcal. Given that Don Emilio represents his family’s fifth generation of maestro vinatero (in Oaxaca referred to as palenquero), what better ambassador of the spirit of Michoacán. Although 80% of the mezcal Don Emilio produces is made with wild agave, the family does cultivate its own maguey on the rolling hills below the vinata. Coming from Michoacan gives their mezcals a very different character and taste from those made in Oaxaca. They also are known for using unique agave that are not seen in mezcal from Oaxaca.

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4 reviews

2.9 of out 5 stars



126 reviews
7 months ago

D-25. Chocolate, roasted peanuts, papaya, mango, pineapple, cucumber, and allspice. Very tropical.



346 reviews
1 year ago

This is a spice forward pechuga with notes of green pepper, coffee, clove, and dried fruit. I’m enjoying it more after it has rested in the bottle for over a year. Overall I prefer the other mezcals from Emilio Vieyra. Lot 10 from September 2014.



99 reviews
2 years ago

i have enjoyed other versions of this brand but this one was a let down.its ok but for the price,it should be much more.its drinkable and fairly smooth.it seems watered down and not much personality.the alto is very good as well as the cupreata.if the cost was about $40,it would get 3 stars.



358 reviews
3 years ago

Lot 10 from Sept 2014. The aroma of this mezcal is similar to that of the Siembra Metl Cenizo, which is odd given the Pechuga element. I find this Pechuga is not as meaty as most other Pechugas out there. Some of the additional spices come through on the palate with notes of sweet rosemary, cinnamon, cardamom, menthol, and papaya. This doesn’t taste much like a traditional Pechuga, but it’s a very good mezcal.

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