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Sotoleros Romel Lechuguilla

Sotoleros Lechuguilla (Blue Label) from Romel García is made from 100% agave in Chínipas, Chihuahua.

Rating: (3 reviews)
Category:Destilado de Agave, Lechuguilla
Cost:$$$
Brand:Sotoleros
Sotolero:Romel García
Agave:Bovicornuta
Grind:Hand
Distillation:Steel
Style:Joven
State:Chihuahua
ABV: 45%-52%
Release year: 2021
Website: https://www.sotoleros.com/, opens in new window

About this destilado de agave

Sotoleros Lechuguilla (Blue Label) from Romel García is made from 100% agave in the small community of Chínipas, Chihuahua. The fertile land in the region grows lemons, papaya, and other tropical fruits which enhance the terroir of the agave growing nearby. The agaves growing in this region are: Agave bovicornuta, A. shrevei, A. vilmoriniana, A. polianthiflora, and A. angustifolia.

Romel works with wild agaves, collecting mature plants and milling them with a mallet. He lets the plants ferment in stone vats for 5 to 8 days. Finally, he distills in stainless steel pots with wooden tops. His lechuguilla carries notes of ripe fruits and mamey.

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.

3 reviews

4.17 out of 5

Zack Klamn

Zack Klamn

471 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars3 months ago

Nose – Rosy. Sugary. A starchy note like fresh cooked pasta. Very vibrant and enticing aromas.

Palate – Tropical banana fruitiness and an arid, desert (dry grass) feel at the same time – quite a unique combination. Raw almond nuttiness. This also has a certain richness like a mezcal made from the quiote (rather than the pina). A long, herbal aftertaste with a hint of vanilla. Pretty awesome sotol!!!

This was a 1.5 oz. sample from top mezcal reviewer and longtime Kenny G enthusiast, Rahkal. Lot 2.

Nose – Rosy. Sugary. A starchy note like fresh cooked pasta. Very vibrant and enticing aromas.
Palate – Tropical banana fruitiness and an arid, desert (dry grass) feel at the same time – quite a unique combination. Raw almond nuttiness. This also has a certain richness like a mezcal made from the quiote (rather than the pina). A long, herbal aftertaste with a hint of vanilla. Pretty awesome sotol!!!
This was a 1.5 oz. sample from top mezcal reviewer and longtime Kenny G enthus

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TzotollineRaramuri

TzotollineRaramuri

75 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars2 years ago

1oz sample; unknown Lot/Bottle #s
?- clear
?- drying impact.
Aromas of cucumber, melons, green mango, white flowers, gardenia, honey, honeysuckle, perfume, ginger, peppercorn, cajeta, menthol, thyme, clay minerality, orange, mandarin, lime, lemon.
Adequate & complex production.
Average length and very fine character.
?- astringent & coating effect; sufficient smooth alcohol; medium body.
Primarily sour taste, with sweet & bitter highlights; buttery smoothness.
Flavors of sweet cajeta, ripe guava, peppercorn, thyme and lime, traces of smoke.
Medium concentrated flavor intensity, slightly complex, correct balance.
Straightforward and very long finish.
Very good overall impression.

*loved the loaded aromatic profile, very complex, however the palate is a lot more straightforward and simple, yet in nice balance.

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1oz sample; unknown Lot/Bottle #s
?- clear
?- drying impact.
Aromas of cucumber, melons, green mango, white flowers, gardenia, honey, honeysuckle, perfume, ginger, peppercorn, cajeta, menthol, thyme, clay minerality, orange, mandarin, lime, lemon.
Adequate & complex production.
Average length and very fine character.
?- astringent & coating effect; sufficient smooth alcohol; medium body.
Primarily sour taste, with sweet & bitter highlights; buttery smoothness.
Flavors of sweet cajeta

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Rakhal

Rakhal

377 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars2 years ago

Lot 2. Very fruity, but not the usual fruits. Very custardy. I definitely get the Mamey that is listed in the description, also papaya, cherimoya (custard apple), guanabana (soursop), something vegetal like artichoke, and a chocolate milk finish. There’s also something perfumey like walking past the perfume counter in a department store. Very interesting and delicious.

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