San Luis Potosi Salmiana 2020
The first batch of Pal'alma's uncertified mezcal (or Aguardiente de Agave) comes from the Central Mexican state of San Luis Potos, which is known among mezcal connoisseurs for its endemic Agave salmiana, which grows around 6,000 feet above sea level. The cultivar is distinguished by its thick black leaves ('pencas') that bend and twist as they mature and can grow to be more than seven feet wide and tall, taking anywhere from 12 to 25 years to mature.
Maestro Patricio Hernandez cooks the pias in a stone oven before milling the cooked agave with a typical tahona; however, to ferment, roughly 30% fresh pulque is added to the crushed agave in a pine vat ("tina"), somewhat like a sour mash or kombucha.
The fermented 'tepache' is distilled twice in a copper pot after eight days, using a condenser ("refrescadera:) to further correct the alcohol.
The aroma of bell peppers and fresh leather is complemented on the palate by the creamy lactic flavors for which Salmiana is famed, as well as a racy edge that recalls us it was distilled using crisp, light pulque. In the end, we get cracked peppercorns enveloped in cool, clean linen with a hint of pine. Spectacular.
Country Mexico / San Luis Potosí
Bottle Size 70cl