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El Buho Especial Ensamble

El Buho Especial Ensamble is produced using wild agaves sourced in San Pablo Huixtepec, Oaxaca. This traditional ensamble is crafted from four different agave species: Arroqueno, Coyote, Barril, and Cuishe.

Rating: (2 reviews)
Brand:El Buho Mezcal
Mezcalero:Octavio Jimenez Monterroza
Agave:Arroqueno, Barril, Coyote, Cuishe
Town:Santiago Matatlan
Batch size:1,174 liters (Lot 01/ENS)
Release year:2019
About this mezcal

El Buho Especial Ensamble is produced by Octavio Jimenez Monterroza in Santiago Matatlan, Oaxaca using wild agaves sourced in San Pablo Huixtepec, Oaxaca. This ensamble is crafted from four different agave species in equal parts: Arroqueno, Coyote, Barril, and Cuishe. This is a traditional ensamble meaning all of the different agaves are produced together in the same batch. The agaves are crushed by a horse-drawn tahona, cooked for 7 days in a stone oven, and fermented for 7 days in pine vats. After distillation, it was rested in plastic for 7 months. This mezcal has notes of banana on the nose. The fruit is balanced out by a viscous mouthfeel along with intense flavors of pineapple, roasted agave, and vanilla. It finishes with dark caramel and pepper salt.

El Buho Mezcal

El Buho Mezcal was founded by Jose Isaac "Pepe" Jimenez Mendez, relative of Master Mezcalero Octavio Jiménez Monterroza, and TJ Steele, a Brooklyn-based chef. TJ and Pepe launched their mezcal brand with a mission to deliver a high-quality mezcal at an affordable price in an iconic bottle. El Buho Mezcal is a small batch mezcal that is made in the heart of Oaxaca. Their mezcal is produced by the same family that produces Fidencio.

2 reviews

3.5 of out 5 stars



352 reviews
9 months ago

Fruit and dark sugar. Roasted coffee and chocolate frosting. Interesting ensamble from El Buho. I cannot pick out the individual agaves but I get a strong Americana vibe and the Karwinskii takes a backseat. At 50% ABV it is well-balanced and has a long finish.



360 reviews
11 months ago

Strong and rich on the nose. Smells great. Aromas of vanilla, peppers, and tomatillos. Palate is a bit sharp but full of flavor. Notes of sweet potato, potato chips, and sour cream with a splash of crumbled bacon on top. This is a little hot. Might need to sit on the shelf for awhile.

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