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El Buho Especial Pulquero

El Buho Especial Pulquero is produced by Octavio Jiménez Monterroza in Santiago Matatlan, Oaxaca using wild agave Atrovirens - the same plant that produces pulque.

Rating: (2 reviews)
Brand:El Buho Mezcal
Mezcalero:Octavio Jiménez Monterroza
Town:Santiago Matatlán
ABV: 48%
Age of plant: 15-20 years
Batch size: 383 liters (Lot 01/PLQ)
Release year: 2019
Website: https://elbuhomezcal.com/, opens in new window

About this mezcal

El Buho Especial Pulquero is produced by Octavio Jiménez Monterroza in Santiago Matatlan, Oaxaca using wild agave sourced from San Pablo Guila, Oaxaca. This agave species, agave Atrovirens, matures after 15-20 years and occasionally reaches a weight of more than 4,000 pounds with leaves over 14 feet long. It is also the same plant that can be used to produce pulque. The agaves are crushed by a horse-drawn tahona, cooked for 5 days in a stone oven, and fermented for 10 days in pine vats. After distillation, it was rested in plastic for 7 months. This mezcal has a chalky nose that blends nicely with a dry lactose mixed with green fruit on the palate. Mid-palate there are notes of minerals and sea salt before a  dry, citric finish.

El Buho Mezcal

El Buho Mezcal was founded by Jose Isaac “Pepe” Jimenez Mendez, who comes from a long line of mezcal producers, 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.

Member rating

4.25 out of 5

2 reviews



155 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars2 years ago

this pulquero was actually an arroqueno.the label indicates it is americana.very unique.this mezcaleros mezcals are all high quality but all have a very reserved nose.there is a very pleasant sweet chalk quality.the flavor is kind of a graham cracker honey.very little heat and a lovely finish.this one was hard to find but worth the effort.delicious!



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Rated 4 out of 5 stars5 years ago

A very interesting “Pulquero” mezcal. This is not agave Salmiana, but rather agave Atrovirens from Oaxaca and is similar to Salmiana but the flavors are different. Instead of some green funk, there is a fruity soul. It’s great they kept the ABV at 48%. There are some nice notes of mango, toffee, and coconut. If it was a blind tasting I might guess it was an agave Tobala. Try this one if you see it.

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