tanstaafl2 Posted December 1, 2020 Share Posted December 1, 2020 On 11/27/2020 at 11:32 PM, PaulO said: I seem to recall Sotol is only made from a wild collected species of agave. I don't believe production numbers are large, not something you see often. On 11/27/2020 at 11:39 PM, Kane said: Sotol is made from, well, sotol Not sure how available the plant is, but sotol the drink’s surely not popular in the US. Also not sure if it’s even popular south of the border. On 11/28/2020 at 5:47 PM, Kane said: (I swear I posted the above 2hrs ago...) Change of plans. Tried the sotol while waiting for the fedex truck (there’s always an excuse) They lost me here More seriously, interesting stuff. It smells like a weird tequila and there’s definitely sweet agave undertones in the palate. That’s where similarities end. Quite bitter, herbal/medicinal, lots of mint. I could be tricked into thinking this is one of those european digestives. Looking forward to spending more time with it. I don't think this last quote is correct. Sotol or the "Desert Spoon" (Dasylirion wheeleri)is not an agave species and so is not truly a mezcal although it is made more like as mezcal and tends to be smoky. It has its own DOC and is legally only made in 3 states in Northern Mexico including the state of Chihuahua, Hence the reason for the name of the most common variety. Bacanora, also from Northern Mexico, is an agave based spirit and so is in the broader mezcal family but doesn't fit the Mexican legal definition of a mezcal because of where it is made. Both are interesting. You can find a broader range of producers than just Hacienda de Chihuahua in places like SoCal where I bought a Coyote brand of Sotol that was pretty good, Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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