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Sotoleros Lupe Sotol

Lupe López produces sotol, lechuguilla, and sotol/agave ensambles in Madera, Chihuahua. His first Sotol under the Sotoleros label was composed of 100% dasylirion Wheeleri.

Rating: (2 reviews)
Category:Sotol
Cost:$$$
Brand:Sotoleros
Sotolero:Lupe López
Dasylirion:Wheeleri
Grind:Hand
Distillation:Copper
Style:Joven
State:Chihuahua
Town:Madera
ABV: 44.8%
Release year: 2021
Website: https://www.sotoleros.com/, opens in new window

About this sotol

Lupe López produces sotol, lechuguilla, and sotol/agave ensambles in Madera, Chihuahua. He was trained by Maestro Bienvenido Fernández. After his apprenticeship, he began distilling in his ranch which neighbors the state of Sonora. The agave Angustifolia which grows in his region is the same used in Bacanora. His Sotols are usually made using dasylirion Wheeleri.

Lupe harvests wild plants and cooks them underground for 3-4 days with oak wood and stone. He uses spring water as his source and ferments in wooden vats buried underground. Next, he distills in copper pot stills with a wooden top. After two distillations, Lupe adjusts his final product with distilled water.

Sotoleros

Sotoleros is a collection of traditional distillates from northern Mexico, which seeks to represent the tradition, art and culture of the region. Products from this brand began appearing on shelves in early 2021. Sotoleros has a connection with the legendary brand Clande Sotol – the colors on the bottle labels follow a similar pattern too. However, Soloteros is not a “rebrand” and the exact history between the two brands is unknown.

2 reviews

4.5 out of 5

Zack Klamn

Zack Klamn

471 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars3 months ago

Nose – Strong aromas of new basketball shoe latex and a funky, nuttiness – together they are quite pleasant.

Palate – First impression – delicious, complex and hard to dial in. Plus, the flavors last nearly a minute (to be fair, realizing that then mentally timing that could’ve been a distraction, haha). Dipping in again, this has distinct wood notes – not barrel wood notes but raw, natural, biting into a birch tree, wood notes. Also, a cool, dried fruitiness to it. This is a very easy drinking sotol. I think a bottle of this would disappear quick.

This was a 1.5 oz. sample (Lot 1) by mezcal reviewer and Axel Rose stunt double, Rahkal (all he needs is a little patience).

Nose – Strong aromas of new basketball shoe latex and a funky, nuttiness – together they are quite pleasant.
Palate – First impression – delicious, complex and hard to dial in. Plus, the flavors last nearly a minute (to be fair, realizing that then mentally timing that could’ve been a distraction, haha). Dipping in again, this has distinct wood notes – not barrel wood notes but raw, natural, biting into a birch tree, wood notes. Also, a cool, dried fruitiness

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Rakhal

Rakhal

373 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars4 months ago

Lot 01. At first I was disappointed by this one. I got a lot of ethanol and chemical flavors and it wasn’t complex at all, but after being open a couple months I revisited it and it’s completely different. It’s clean and pure and beautifully subtle. It’s still not complex but it now seems to me like a classy refined Sotol. Vanilla, mineral rich spring water in a desert oasis, cedar chest filled with antiques. I’m so glad I have a bottle of this!! This is a great example of how Agave and Sotol spirits can sometimes change with time after you open them.

Lot 01. At first I was disappointed by this one. I got a lot of ethanol and chemical flavors and it wasn’t complex at all, but after being open a couple months I revisited it and it’s completely different. It’s clean and pure and beautifully subtle. It’s still not complex but it now seems to me like a classy refined Sotol. Vanilla, mineral rich spring water in a desert oasis, cedar chest filled with antiques. I’m so glad I have a bottle of this!! This is a great example of how Agave an

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