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El Samaritano Mexicano (Ambrosio Martinez Blas) Santiago Matatlan Artesenal Oaxacan Mezcal (750ml)

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This wonderful Mexicano (Agave Rhodancantha) was distilled by a high quality palenque in Santiago Matatlan. El Samaritano is the personal brand of the distillers, the Blas Family. The family has been making mezcal for three generations and still makes uses traditional artesenal techniques. The patriarche, Ambrosio Martinez Blas, has been working in the palenque since he was a young boy and plans to leave the distillery to his son. They'd never used Mexicano before and this special batch yielded less than 700 bottles. It's won double gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2019. The Mexicano is harvested wild at between 7-9 years of age. The pinas are roasted over mesquite in a conical earthen oven lined with river rocks. The roast is covered with agave fibers and straw mats and left to smolder for 4 long days. The agave is crushed on a horse drawn Tahona and naturally fermented in pine vats for about 8 days depending on ambient temperature. Finally, double distillation in a high quality direct fire copper pot, with a brick worm tub cooling system. The resulting spirit has a purity and depth that is the hallmark of truly great mezcal. Smoky and vibrant with the unusual fruit quality that Rhodacantha sometimes exhibits and a wonderful balancing mineral intensity. A very good value for high quality wild agave. ***NEW SPECIAL PRICING WILL NOT LAST****

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By: Jackson Lee | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/8/2019 | Send Email
To get a wild agave expression, made in small batch, at this price, is becoming more and more rare these days. Mexicano is one of my go-tos when recommending a mezcal beyond the standard espadin, and if espadin is all you’ve tried, this is a fantastic bottle to pick up and to explore other sub-species of agave. The nose is sweet and green, like fresh pressed sugar cane juice (which I recently got to experience in Vietnam), followed by sweet roasted agave, dusty gravel, grilled pineapple and white sage.

The palate is a roller coaster, building you up with smooth and sweet fruit notes, with pineapple playing a major part of that. Then you get hit with cayenne spice and mildly pickled jalapenos (de-seeded), then the sweetness starts to come back and a roasted strawberry note rounds things off on the palate. The finish was mild, sweet with a bit of that cayenne spice riding it out.

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