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Pierde Almas +9 Botanicals

Pierde Almas +9 Botanicals is made from world-class Espadin Mezcal that is infused with the nine classic botanicals of Gin.

Rating: (5 reviews)
Category:Gin
Brand:Pierde Almas Mezcal
NOM:NOM-O120X
Mezcalero:Gregorio Velasco Luis
Maguey:Espadin
Agave:Angustifolia
Style:Joven
State:Oaxaca
Town:San Luis del Rio
ABV: 46%
Website: https://www.diageo.com/, opens in new window
Ownership:Diageo

About this gin

Pierde Almas +9 Botanicals is made by Maestro Mezcalero, Gregorio Velasco. This Mezcal is the result of the merging of two great rivers in distilling history: Mezcal & Gin. Pierde Almas +9 Botanicals is made from world-class Espadin Mezcal that is infused with the nine classic botanicals of Gin. As a fine sipping agave gin, Pierde Almas +9 Botanicals unfolds delicately across the palate. There are hints of juniper blending with a complex bundle of spices.

 

Pierde Almas Mezcal

Behind each bottle of Pierde Almas is a time-honored recipe kept alive with painstaking care by the family patriarch in each successive generation. Their labels are hand-printed on 100% acid-free, handmade paper derived from fibers that are indigenous to the region and have been in use since pre-Columbian times. With their Wild Agave Reforestation Program, they are actively engaged in the re-forestation of wild species of Agave in those areas where their populations have been depleted. Pierde Almas begins each rainy season by inviting bartenders, chefs, restauranteurs, and journalists to join them for their annual wild Tobalá planting. Due to the artisinal nature of their mezcal, the ABV of each lot may vary slightly.

In May 2018, British multinational alcoholic beverages company Diageo purchased Pierde Almas Mezcal.

5 reviews

4.4 out of 5

aarild

aarild

109 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars3 weeks ago

I agree with Rakhal that it does not quite taste of gin, but the juniper is certainly there. Star anise and epazote are my main botanical impressions, especially on the nose. That said, epazote is hardly a gin ingredient and is probably not included in the mix…

It is a bit like drinking an absinthe, but there is also a lot of viscosity and umami notes – shiitake mushroom or something, like a vegan pechuga… I also get mint and lemon verbena. The only thing between this bottle and perfection, is perhaps that the anise dominates the show just a touch. Anyway, I’d echo Jonny: It is difficult to know what to measure this up against, but it is really complex and great in its own right.

I agree with Rakhal that it does not quite taste of gin, but the juniper is certainly there. Star anise and epazote are my main botanical impressions, especially on the nose. That said, epazote is hardly a gin ingredient and is probably not included in the mix…
It is a bit like drinking an absinthe, but there is also a lot of viscosity and umami notes – shiitake mushroom or something, like a vegan pechuga… I also get mint and lemon verbena. The only thing between this bottle and p

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danimal_xoxo

danimal_xoxo

9 reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 stars9 months ago

Johnathan Barbieri, Distiller
Bottle 568 of 1671
Lote: 17-BOT
45%

Nose: super bright botanical scent. Immediately, I’m getting juniper and star anise. It’s a permeating smell. I poured 1oz and sit it on my bedside table and could smell it from the other side of my queen bed. Second smell I get the note of coriander, fennel seed, and nutmeg. The mezcal is underneath the botanicals, as it is the base. I get a vegetal smell, like a green pepper or mint. It’s obviously very herbaceous. Smells sweet.

Taste: I can definitely see how this could be a sipping gin. I’ve never sipped gin before, as I’ve only used it in some cocktails. I find this very pleasant. The 45% hits your tongue in a pleasant wave as you savor the botanicals with the espadín base. I find it to be overwhelmingly juniper forward but with some spice and citrus underneath to help balance it out.

My go to gin cocktails are an aviation and a gimlet, I think this would excel there. I’ve never had a Negroni but I’d be interested to try one traditional style and one with this pierde almas +9 botanicals to be able to compare/contrast. Very delicious as a sipping gin though. I could see this being used as an aperitif or digestif truly. Depends on the meal.

I bought this because I was so intrigued by a gin and mezcal combo and for the $80 USD I paid, I feel that it was worth it.

Johnathan Barbieri, Distiller
Bottle 568 of 1671
Lote: 17-BOT
45%
Nose: super bright botanical scent. Immediately, I’m getting juniper and star anise. It’s a permeating smell. I poured 1oz and sit it on my bedside table and could smell it from the other side of my queen bed. Second smell I get the note of coriander, fennel seed, and nutmeg. The mezcal is underneath the botanicals, as it is the base. I get a vegetal smell, like a green pepper or mint. It’s obviously very herbaceous. Smells

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Rakhal

Rakhal

362 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars3 years ago

I love gin. To me this does not taste like gin, but it tastes like a really good herbal liqueur. The anise is up front but the other botanicals are there too in a really pleasant and tasty blend. This would make a great digestive.

Tyler

Tyler

574 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars5 years ago

Bursting with bright botanical flavors and undertones of roasted agave. A very unique release as this is a “mezcal gin” and captures the best of both spirits. I’d normally never consider sipping a gin, but this can be considered a gin and is an incrediblely complex and full-flavored spirit that should be sought out and enjoyed.

Jonny

Jonny

582 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars6 years ago

Lot 06-BOT. It’s kind of tough to rate this mezcal in any traditional fashion. The botanicals that are added during distillation really take over the flavor and aroma. I’m giving it four stars because it’s better than the only other agave distillate I’ve had that uses this style of gin botanicals. The other one is the Gracias a Dios Mezcal Gin. The aromas of this Pierde Almas are very similar to gin, with strong juniper and pine notes. The taste, however, is quite different from gin. There are still strong notes of juniper and lots of mint, but the rich taste of cooked agave seeps into every sip. If you’re in the mood to drink mezcal, this might not be the best choice, but it may be a good fit if you’re looking to try something creative and unique that’s made with agave.

Lot 06-BOT. It’s kind of tough to rate this mezcal in any traditional fashion. The botanicals that are added during distillation really take over the flavor and aroma. I’m giving it four stars because it’s better than the only other agave distillate I’ve had that uses this style of gin botanicals. The other one is the Gracias a Dios Mezcal Gin. The aromas of this Pierde Almas are very similar to gin, with strong juniper and pine notes. The taste, however, is quite differe

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