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Pal’alma San Luis Potosi – Salmiana

Pal’alma San Luis Potosi is the long-awaited first official US release from Erick Rodriquez, who is known as the Indiana Jones of Mezcal.

Rating: (7 reviews)
Category:Destilado de Agave
Cost:$$$$
Brand:Pal'alma
Mezcalero:Patricio Hernandez
Agave / Maguey:Salmiana
Distillation:Refrescador
Style:Joven
State:San Luis Potosí
ABV: 50%
Website: https://www.facebook.com/Mezcalito-Palalma-865025870235262/
About this destilado de agave

Pal’alma San Luis Potosi is the first batch of Pal’Alma’s Aguardiente de Agave to be available in the US. This is made with maguey Salmiana, which grows at around 6,000 feet above sea level. The agave has thick dark pencas which curve and twist as they mature, and it can grow to more than seven feet wide and tall, and takes anywhere from 12 to 25 years to reach maturity. Maestro Patricio Hernandez cooks the piñas in a stone oven, then mills the cooked agave using a traditional tahona. For fermentation, he adds around 30% fresh pulque to the crushed agave in a pine vat. After eight days, the resulting fermented tepache is distilled twice in a copper refrescadera still.

Pal'alma

Pal'alma (or Mezcalito Pal'alma) is curated by Erick Rodriguez. Erick also bottles under the brand Almamezcalera. Known by many as the Indiana Jones of Mezcal, Erick Rodriguez works with agave spirits producers from the 20+ states of Mexico. Anywhere he finds agave fields and a freshwater stream, there’s a good chance that someone is making mezcal nearby. He has a private tasting room in Mexico City, which we visited in 2017, and wrote about in our post Almamezcalera & Mezcalito Pal’alma.

7 reviews

4.21 out of 5


SwatSaladin

SwatSaladin

13 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars2 months ago

Man, what a ride the nose is. Pickled jalapeños. And when it doesn’t smell like pickled jalapeños, it smells like pickled banana peppers. It’s also lemon-scented dish soap. Funky, sharp cheese. Some rosemary hiding the back, along with anise and some other green herbs that I can’t really discern.

On the palate, this packs a punch with the sharp acidity. Tons and tons of cheese. Cumin. Chives. Tomato juice. Banana peppers. Heavy, heavy lactic influence. The texture seems almost grainy, and is certainly a little grippy and tongue-numbing.

The lactic acidity lingers, though a lot of the funkier flavors don’t last quite as long.

To be quite honest, the Pal’Alma is not my preferred mezcal profile but it’s explosive, complex, and flavorful—not much to complain about! It reminds me very much of cumin lamb skewers, and so it definitely gets bonus points for that.

Man, what a ride the nose is. Pickled jalapeños. And when it doesn’t smell like pickled jalapeños, it smells like pickled banana peppers. It’s also lemon-scented dish soap. Funky, sharp cheese. Some rosemary hiding the back, along with anise and some other green herbs that I can’t really discern.
On the palate, this packs a punch with the sharp acidity. Tons and tons of cheese. Cumin. Chives. Tomato juice. Banana peppers. Heavy, heavy lactic influence. The texture seems almost grainy, an

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donpedro

donpedro

23 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars2 months ago

Nose: loads of jalapeño and green bell pepper! Good Lord. Maybe a tiny bit of menthol and some cinnamon on the back end.
Palate: jalapeño is so prevalent in this bottle! It does give way to some other notes, however, including bacon fat (bordering on pancetta), that cheese umami (think parmigiano-reggiano), and chives. This is a solid bottle, but it falls short of what I had expected from the legend of Erick.

Jonny

Jonny

425 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars2 months ago

Lot 1. Bottle 287/672. Cheese and Pepper! Both those notes are strong on the nose and the palate. The aromas are a bit cheesier than the flavors, but the element of hard cheese (Parmesan and Cheddar mostly) are present on both. The palate has a variety of black pepper corns, jalapeno, green peppers, and a hint of anise. There are high expectations for this brand, now that it’s being legally imported to the US. I’ve tasted a lot of stuff from Erick and this is not my favorite. It’s still very good and very interesting, but I’ve had other batches and releases from him that I’ve liked more. Still very tasty and enjoyable though.

Lot 1. Bottle 287/672. Cheese and Pepper! Both those notes are strong on the nose and the palate. The aromas are a bit cheesier than the flavors, but the element of hard cheese (Parmesan and Cheddar mostly) are present on both. The palate has a variety of black pepper corns, jalapeno, green peppers, and a hint of anise. There are high expectations for this brand, now that it’s being legally imported to the US. I’ve tasted a lot of stuff from Erick and this is not my favorite. It̵

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Dylan

Dylan

7 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars2 months ago

Lote 001, bottle 41/672 50% ABV
Bright floral nose on this with licorice, honeycomb, and new carpet. Sharp on the palate but opens to a nice roasted agave finish.

marco

marco

14 reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 stars3 months ago

Hands down one of the best mezcals you can buy on the market right now. I will avoid metaphoric wordplay and poetic rambling. This bottle is transcendental. And it’s from San Luis Potosi, not Oaxaca. (Also, one of Mr Rodriquez’s 1st commercially available imports. Get in line & find it online.)

tallchad

tallchad

11 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars3 months ago

Lote 001 bottle 204 (out of 672). At 50% alcohol I thought it would be hot. Not so. Aroma is strong with agave and cut flowers. The taste is sensational with fresh mint and pine (maybe from the fermentation vats) sweet fruit in the background. The best part though is the finish-smooth and warm with pleasant farm-like tastes going down.

GreenspointTexas

GreenspointTexas

196 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars3 months ago

I know there will be a parade of 5 stars following this review, but I dont consider it perfect for my tastes. Ive had this iteration from Erick’s label, as well as the Wahaka VdM series. It IS wonderful. Brie, squash, cilantro, kiwi, ginger, and juicy fruit… maybe. I dunno, its very complex. The finish is the only thing keeping this one from a perfect score. Its harsh, peppery, and I detect a slight taste of Red Hots candy (which I loathe).

However, that being said, I wish I had another bottle at home. I enjoy it for sure.

I know there will be a parade of 5 stars following this review, but I dont consider it perfect for my tastes. Ive had this iteration from Erick’s label, as well as the Wahaka VdM series. It IS wonderful. Brie, squash, cilantro, kiwi, ginger, and juicy fruit… maybe. I dunno, its very complex. The finish is the only thing keeping this one from a perfect score. Its harsh, peppery, and I detect a slight taste of Red Hots candy (which I loathe).
However, that being said, I wish I had another

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