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Flor del Desierto Cascabel

Flor del Desierto Cascabel is a sotol-based rattlesnake Pechuga from Chihuahua. Another version of this, Veneno, contained rattlesnake venom.

Rating: (5 reviews)
Category:Sotol
Brand:Flor del Desierto Sotol
Sotolero:Gerardo Ruelas Hernandez
Dasylirion:Leiophyllum
Distillation:Copper
Style:Pechuga
State:Chihuahua
ABV: 48%
Brand website: https://www.instagram.com/sotolflordeldesierto/
About this sotol

Flor del Desierto Cascabel is a spirit distilled from sotol with natural flavor finished in oak barrels. This is considered the sotol form of a “rattlesnake Pechuga.” Essentially rattlesnake meat was added to the distillate during the final distillation. It’s made with Dasylilrion Leiophyllum at 48% ABV by Gerardo Ruelas.

Flor del Desierto Sotol

Flor del Desierto began in 2011 by a small group of friends after one of them, Flor, won a baking competition using sotol as the special ingredient. All sotol plants, also known as the desert spoon or sereque, are wild-harvested in the Coyame Desert and mountains of Madera. Each one of Flor del Desierto's Sotols are distinguished by the region they’re produced in, the stills where they are distilled and the hands of each sotol maker, whose own techniques and years of experience give their spirits a unique character.

5 reviews

3.6 out of 5


meserole

meserole

18 reviews
Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars3 weeks ago

The concept was obviously exciting, and pretty badass (I thought) until I realized the other batch had VENOM rather than rattlesnake meat. Oh well.
I would challenge anyone to successfully ID this as sotol from the smell — it’s carmelized, smells like bourbon. While the smell was a surprising twist, the flavor wasn’t too bold — hot alcohol, a bit of anise, little to no aftertaste, and almost none of the rich earthiness that I’d come to love from the Sotols I’ve had previously.
Very cool bottle and points for novelty, but also points away for the price. Paid $90 at Astor Wine and Spirits in NYC.
Batch AA013.

The concept was obviously exciting, and pretty badass (I thought) until I realized the other batch had VENOM rather than rattlesnake meat. Oh well.
I would challenge anyone to successfully ID this as sotol from the smell — it’s carmelized, smells like bourbon. While the smell was a surprising twist, the flavor wasn’t too bold — hot alcohol, a bit of anise, little to no aftertaste, and almost none of the rich earthiness that I’d come to love from the Sotols I’

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Thankin_Hank

Thankin_Hank

9 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars1 year ago

This was smooth and different but I didn’t get the meat part of it and sotol seems a taste lighter than her cousin. Overall I would buy it for my martini I make with a jalapeno stuffed olive with a couple of table spoons of brine and a pickled quail egg on a toothpick/skewer.

kozinnski

kozinnski

14 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars2 years ago

nose: ginger, thai basil, chili pepper, and red berries off the bat. then some funk – gym bag and shoes without socks on a hot summer day, and some fish sauce. light, grassy smoke.

palate: medium but nice mouthfeel. more ginger, star anise, sweet cola, some olive brine, mixed spiced nuts, allspice, cedar

medium finish with lots of that ginger tingling. this is great. i tried to find some of that funk from the nose on the palate but couldn’t. still great.

Tyler

Tyler

418 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars2 years ago

Anise up front. The nose has more of that sotol grassiness than the taste does. Not getting any meat/snake on this, just sweet fruit specifically apricot. Was excited to try this and while it wasn’t a let down it wasn’t impressive. Giving it an extra half star for the novelty aspect. Batch AA013

TheAgaveFairy

TheAgaveFairy

100 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars2 years ago

Flor Del Desierto Cascabel 48%
AA013

Hay color. Medium thinnish legs, scattered beads.

Lots of mint and [star] anise. Savory. Raisin, cedar, cinnamon, sour lemon, tangerine, vanilla, honeyed chamomile. Light smoke, cardamom, thyme/oregano, pecan. 8 drops of water: more funk coming out, meat for sure. More on the nutty spices, less bright. More what I would’ve expected.
Everything I like about the desierto offering is here – that trio of minerality, smoke, and sweetness. Finish is cedar, black pepper / spice, thyme, and a touch of nutmeg and vanilla.

Worth trying if you like sotols or the idea of a pechuga esp. with rattlesnake.

Flor Del Desierto Cascabel 48%
AA013
Hay color. Medium thinnish legs, scattered beads.
Lots of mint and [star] anise. Savory. Raisin, cedar, cinnamon, sour lemon, tangerine, vanilla, honeyed chamomile. Light smoke, cardamom, thyme/oregano, pecan. 8 drops of water: more funk coming out, meat for sure. More on the nutty spices, less bright. More what I would’ve expected.
Everything I like about the desierto offering is here – that trio of minerality, smoke, and sweetness. Finish is cedar, b

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