Hacienda Oponguio Ineaquidens Herbal is produced by Maestro Mezcalero Miguel Angel Jaramillo Hernandez and his son Luis Angel Jaramillo Zuñiga
Hacienda Oponguio Ineaquidens Herbal
|Rating:||(3 reviews) - Write a review|
|Brand:||Hacienda Oponguio Mezcal|
|Mezcalero:||Luis Angel Jaramillo Zuñiga, Miguel Angel Jaramillo Hernandez|
|Age of plant:||20-25 years|
|Website:||https://haciendaoponguio.com/, opens in new window|
About this mezcal
Hacienda Oponguio Ineaquidens Herbal is made with Agave inaequidens, which is a wild agave that grows in the town of Erongaricuaro, Michoacán Mexico. It can take 20-25 years for the agave to reach maturity. After the agave is cut, the agave is taken to an underground pit oven. Avocado and Oak wood is used to heat the oven, which covered with volcanic stone. The agave is placed on the stones and then covered with dirt. After 3-4 days the cooked agave is removed from the oven and is left 2 days to rest. Next, the agave is milled, followed by all-natural fermentation. The fermentation takes place in wooden tubs for 4-5 days. Finally, the agaves are double-distilled in an artisan alembic which is mainly made of wood with a couple of copper containers. It takes about 30-35 kilos of agave to make 1 liter of mezcal.
This Herbal expression is made with agave that have a slightly lower sugar content when cut during the colder months of the year.
Hacienda Oponguio Mezcal
The Hacienda Oponguio story was born at the beginning of the 20th century when Juan Mejia Gomez began producing mezcal on the Riviera off Lake Patzcuaro in Oponguio Michoacán, Mexico. Two generations later, Juan Manuel Mejia Hernandez resumed the tradition and finally in 2015 the official Hacienda Oponguio brand was released. Maestro Mezcalero Miguel Angel Jaramillo Hernandez along with his son Luis Angel Jaramillo Zuñiga create each of the batches in their distillery.
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46% abv Lot: I 1-1
I have tried the entire lineup from Oponguio at a tasting event at Happiest Ours in Corona a few months ago, and they are all really solid. I sprung for this bottle because it hit a lot of my favorite Inaequidens notes. Strong pine notes on the nose, really drying on the palate, crisp and light fruit notes. Trying to figure out the herbal notes, maybe a bit more oregano for me, but there is a dried sage note that Jonny mentions. There are some floral notes too, rose petals, faint bubblegum and background sweetness. The flavors are muted but interesting. The herbal to my recollection is close the seco in their lineup in terms of flavor. I recommend doing a side-by-side tasting of their main offerings: frutal, herbal, and seco.
46% abv Lot: I 1-1
I have tried the entire lineup from Oponguio at a tasting event at Happiest Ours in Corona a few months ago, and they are all really solid. I sprung for this bottle because it hit a lot of my favorite Inaequidens notes. Strong pine notes on the nose, really drying on the palate, crisp and light fruit notes. Trying to figure out the herbal notes, maybe a bit more oregano for me, but there is a dried sage note that Jonny mentions. There are some floral notes too, rose petal
No lot # – This was my personal favourite from the Inaequidens flight. Was perfectly balanced between herbal freshness, lightly astringent (dry) and a touch of sweetness. Great finish and left me wanting more so I had to grab a bottle for home. These guys are doing a great job in a beautiful location and are super welcoming
Lot I1-1. Aromas of horseradish, raw sugarcane, sage, black pepper, and fresh flower blossoms. A bit stronger aromas, but less complex on the nose than the Frutal from this brand. Light on the palate. Soft and delicate. Notes of green tea, cilantro, sweet lemonade, and dried sage.
*note: tasted the Frutal, Herbal, and Seco from this brand as a flight for comparison