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Lechuguilla Parejo Ensamble – Juan Fernández

Lechuguilla Parejo Ensamble from 4th generation maestro vinatero Juan Fernández is made in the community of Madera, Chihuahua.

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Brand:Parejo Sotol
Sotolero:Juan Fernández
Style:Aged in Glass, Ensamble
ABV: 46-50%
Age of plant: 15 years
Website: https://www.parejosotol.com/, opens in new window

About this mezcal

Lechuguilla Parejo Ensamble from 4th generation maestro vinatero Juan Fernández is made in Madera, Chihuahua using 60% wild Dasylirion wheeleri (sotol) and 40% wild maguey Cenizo (agave).

This region is known for its coniferous forests, humid summers, and cold yet dry winters. Agaves and sotols take approximately 15 years to reach maturity. They are roasted together for 3 days in a pit oven, and then crushed using a mechanical shredder. They are fermented for 7 days and then distilled in a stainless steel alembic still.

Look for aromas of warming spices, tropical fruits, and browned butter. Tasting notes include wood, eucalyptus, and pine needles.

Parejo Sotol

Parejo is the term used by a vinatero to describe when a sotol is perfect. They read the ABV of the spirit by passing it from one cuerno to another. They adjust by adding spring water until the perlas form from the center.

Sotol Parejo was founded by Jorge Caldera, who has devoted 13+ years to studying the native spirits of Chihuahua. Throughout that time, he met producers and built friendships. For many years, viñatas were considered illegal by the government. Because of this, Jorge found that a shared struggle existed among the maestros. Unfortunately, their craft was considered taboo.

The goal of Parejo Sotol from the outset was to recapture the historical taste of sotol.

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