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El Destilado Papalome

El Destilado Papalome is made mezcalero Amando Alvarez, who is one of only a few producers in all of Mexico who are fermenting in rawhide.

Rating: (2 reviews)
Category:Destilado de Agave
Brand:El Destilado
Mezcalero:Amando Alvarez
Grind:Hand
Distillation:Clay Pot
Style:Joven
State:Oaxaca
Town:Santa Maria Ixcatlan
ABV:46.4%
Website:https://www.destiladolondon.com/
About this destilado de agave

El Destilado Papalome is made with agave Papalome (A. Angustfolia). This is made by maestro Amando Alvarez in the remote town of Santa Maria Ixcatlan, Oaxaca. The agave used in this mezcal are cooked in an underground pit oven with Encino Oak, mashed by hand with wooden mallets, and fermented in large rawhide sacks. Once fermented, the agave are double distilled in small clay pot stills.

El Destilado

While some of the El Destilado brand's agave distillates are sourced from some of the same producers as the 5 Sentidos brand, the El Destilado spirits brand is otherwise not directly related to the El Destilado restaurant in Oaxaca City. The brand was founded by Michael Sager and Marcis Dzelzainis, who own the Sager + Wilde Restaurant and Wine Bar in London.

2 reviews

4.25 out of 5


Mansson

Mansson

71 reviews
1 month ago

Release 01, distilled December 2017. The label says A. angustifolia, but I assume it must be an A. potatorum. It has a beautiful fruity/milky acidity which makes it very fresh. The fruit flavours include green apple and pineapple. There is also some habanero heat. Then I agree with the previous reviewer that it has an element of olive brine salinity. Well-balanced and tasty. I enjoyed this a lot.

SwatSaladin

SwatSaladin

9 reviews
1 month ago

El Destilado Papalome Amando Alvarez
Release 02 – Distilled 04.2018 – 44.2% ABV

The nose is defined by a striking and complex acidity that is evocative of both Crystal hot sauce and green apple. There is also a saline component to the aroma that reminds me of olive brine, or perhaps pickled mustard plant stem. Though I can no longer detect it, there were also faint whiffs of blueberry, watermelon rind, and fresh red fruits.

On the palate, the spirit has a good amount of heft. The acidity I noted earlier is still incredibly sharp and almost cheesy. Garden herbs like thyme and basil make an appearance, however briefly. Watermelon rind and cayenne peppers (or is it pink peppercorn?) make a grand entrance right at the back of the tongue. Any potential lactic influence is nearly imperceptible, and I’m not picking up any smoke whatsoever.

The sweetness lingers on the finish but does nothing to stop my mouth from watering and tingling. I’m getting some dehydrated pineapple on the finish, but the finish isn’t particularly consistent anyway.

This is a beautiful, evocative mezcal that reinforces my love of rawhide fermentation. The unctuous acidity is a welcome change of pace compared to the mineral-driven acidity of the Miahuatlan mezcals I typically drink, and the delightful supporting cast of fruits and herbs bring a lot to the table.

In light of Amando’s recent revelations, I recommend enjoying this mezcal with Mysterious Vibes by The Blackbyrds playing in the backdrop.

El Destilado Papalome Amando Alvarez
Release 02 – Distilled 04.2018 – 44.2% ABV
The nose is defined by a striking and complex acidity that is evocative of both Crystal hot sauce and green apple. There is also a saline component to the aroma that reminds me of olive brine, or perhaps pickled mustard plant stem. Though I can no longer detect it, there were also faint whiffs of blueberry, watermelon rind, and fresh red fruits.
On the palate, the spirit has a good amount of heft. The aci

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