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Erstwhile Cucharillo Sotol

Erstwhile Cucharillo Sotol is a limited release from the Lucas García family in San Isidro Guishe, Oaxaca using Cucharillo, the local name for Sotol.

Rating: (2 reviews)
Category:Sotol
Cost:$$$
Brand:Erstwhile Mezcal
Mezcalero:Jose Lucas
Dasylirion:Wheeleri
Distillation:Copper
Style:Joven
State:Oaxaca
Town:San Isidro Guishe
ABV: 48%
Batch size: 700 liters (2021 batch)
Release year: 2021
Website: https://www.erstwhilemezcal.com/, opens in new window

About this sotol

Erstwhile Cucharillo Sotol is distilled from wild Sotol plants harvested in Oaxaca’s southern highlands. Cucharillo is the local name for the Sotol plant in this part of Oaxaca. This 2021 limited release was distilled by the Lucas García family in San Isidro Guishe, Miahuatlán, Oaxaca.

Erstwhile Mezcal

Erstwhile Mezcal is a Brooklyn-based mezcal brand specializing in small-batch artisanal and ancestral mezcal. It was founded in 2017 by Yuan Ji (lawyer-turned-empresaria) and Kevin J. Brown (antiquarian map expert and Owner of Geographicus Rare Antique Maps). Their mission is to discover, curate, and connect both connoisseurs and novices with small-batch mezcal of the highest caliber. The team behind Erstwhile Mezcal is committed to mezcal education, transparency, sustainability and fair trade. Erstwhile Mezcal is a woman-owned business that supports fellow women in mezcal production. The first batches of Erstwhile Mezcal arrived in New York and California in the fall of 2018.

In the US, Erstwhile Mezcal can be purchased directly from their online store.

 

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Member rating

3.5 out of 5

2 reviews

Jam

Jam

156 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars3 months ago

48% abv, batch 2021-LG

Review #149: The nose has vanilla, white musk, rose, lavender, cherry syrup, and playdoh.
The palate has rose, lavender, vanilla, lemon oils, grape candy, medicinal cherry syrup, salted butterscotch, dry grass and earthiness on the finish.

This is pretty enjoyable with a fun array of flavors. The palate has a nice fruity floral thing but the finish keeps it from being too much with a nice earthiness. The nose is a bit lacking but it is still quite nice. Nothing extraordinary happening here but it’s certainly a good sotol.

48% abv, batch 2021-LG
Review #149: The nose has vanilla, white musk, rose, lavender, cherry syrup, and playdoh.
The palate has rose, lavender, vanilla, lemon oils, grape candy, medicinal cherry syrup, salted butterscotch, dry grass and earthiness on the finish.
This is pretty enjoyable with a fun array of flavors. The palate has a nice fruity floral thing but the finish keeps it from being too much with a nice earthiness. The nose is a bit lacking but it is still quite nice. Nothing extraordina

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James Christian

James Christian

46 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars1 year ago

I don’t have detailed tasting notes here.. I thought this was a very solid Sotol and my favorite bottle from Erstwhile (I tasted the entire line-up at Mexico in a Bottle, March 23 in DC)

Definitely, a brand to watch in the future.

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