Monday, April 7, 2014

Mezcal Monday: A Palenque . . .

Well I posted the photos from my trip to tequila, but not my trip to Oaxaca . . .WHAT???
Oaxaca was a paradigm ship. The people, the kindness, the mezcal. There was so much to see and experience I can not wait to return.
These photos are of the palenque that makes Mina Real and Don Amado. They have been doing mezcal distillation here for 300 years (give or take). There are-at least-11 generations of technique and skill past down through this family line and it is clear in their mezcal.
You will see that they have a couple earthen pits (for Don AMado) and also a clay oven (for Mina Real) to roast the agave. They use a an 'Olla', or a ceramic stills to distill both of these delectable mezcals, but I am going to let the pictures do the talking.
Earthen pit for roasting agave
Earthen pit for roasting agave
Clay oven for roasting agave

Fermentation vat





Wood fired 'Olla'
Wood fired 'Olla'

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Mezcal Monday: Mezcal Don Amado

I have been so excited to see these new Mezcal Don Amado labels and try the new bottling ABV / proof on each one. Here is a before and after picture of the Plata next to the Rustico: Very sexy . . right?

The new ABV / Proof will be:
Rustico- 47% ABV~94 Proof
Reposado 45% ABV~90 Proof
Añejo 43.5% ABV~87 Proof

The ABV (Alcohol by volume) is adjusted purified spring water (instead of using the deadly heads or disgusting tails from the distillate--which is how some people adjust to their standardized ABV.).

The beautiful new Mezcal Don Amado labels were designed by Dave Stolte, the awesome and wonderful author of Home Bar Basics.

Here is a picture of all three of them together:

These should be hitting the market in a couple months. I will write them up as soon as I see them.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Tequila Tuesday: NOM 1146 Tequileña, S.A. de C.V. - La Tequileña







This Tequila Tuesday is post 3 (of 3) about my trip to Jalisco, with some pictures. The third distillery is NOM 1146 Tequileña, S.A. de C.V. - La Tequileña. I wrote up the ArteNOM tequila here, Purasangre Reposado here, Lapis Platinum here & Añejo here and Fuenteseca Tequila here so if you want a tasting note refresher info just click. Here are some pictures.














Sorry they are not organized this thing is a pain to organize pictures..
 


This magnificent distillery makes a few outstanding brand.. ArteNOM, Purasangre, Lapis, Fuenteseca, Don Fulano, Cimarron, T1 and more...




 











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Monday, March 17, 2014

Mezcal Monday: I'm not Patrick

Well it is Mezcal Monday and St Patrick's day, so I thought I should make a green drink. I am using Mina Real Silver and the drink is called "I'm not Patrick" for fun. Here is the recipe:

I'm not Patrick

2 Oz Mina Real Silver
3/4 Oz Fresh Lime juice
2 bar spoons granulated sugar
6 Mint leaves

4 Slices Cucumber-skin on

Put mint, cucumber, lime juice and sugar into a mixing glass and muddle until it is a green paste. Add the 
Mina Real, stir together. add ice cubes and shake vigorously. Double strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with more mint an a cucumber

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