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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.

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.

3 reviews

4.5 out of 5


marco

marco

14 reviews
1 day 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
2 weeks 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

178 reviews
3 weeks 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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