Free in-store Mezcal tasting – Thursday 12th July from 5.30pm
Mezcal may be a term that you have recently encountered at some of the coolest bars in Sydney. Or it may be a term that means very little to you. But if you have a penchant for tequila, rhum agricole, cachaca or any other white spirit then ‘Mezcal’ is worth a very serious look into. And when it comes to mezcal, tequila’s lesser known brother, there are few distillers as dedicated to artisanal production as Pierde Alamas.
We will be sampling the Espadin, Dobadaan and Tobala expressions on Thursday the 12th of July. So join us for a FREE tasting of some of the best white spirit going around.
Mezcal like tequila is made from the heart or ‘pina’ of agave plants. It is important to note that Tequila may only be made only from the blue agave in government-specified areas of Jalisco, Mexico, while mezcal may be made from any variety of agave in a number of other regions.
Pierde Almas produce their Mezcal with an artisanal regard to traditional practices. Harvested agave hearts are cooked in traditional earthen pit-ovens with hot rocks for up to ten days. Once removed and allowed to cool, the piñas are crushed under a horse-drawn millstone and placed in wooden vats for an unhurried, 100% natural fermentation. Distillation takes place in a wood-fired, serpentine copper alembic still whose design hasn’t changed appreciably since the Moors occupied the Spanish Peninsula.
The Pierde Almos or “lost souls” range is a series of high quality, small batch Mezcals produced in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. The recipe for this exceptional mezcal has been passed down through generations of the Sanchez Altamirano family. Although this brand is not certified organic, Pierde Almas follows local organic practices combined with unique respect for the environment driven by tradition rather than fad. The plantations are pesticide and fertilizer free, and the agave is fermented naturally without the use of chemicals. Pierde Almas, pride themselves not on consistency, not on uniformity, but on the uniqueness of each lot of handmade mezcal produced.
Pierde Almas Espadin Mezcal 51.4%
This release of Pierde Almas Mezcal Espadin is handcrafted from 100% Espadin agave (Agave angustifolia), which lends a smooth, velvety texture to the mezcal. The nose offers pungent smoked vegetable notes, old leather and subtle floral anise notes. The palate displays meaty elements with lightly smoky bold agave notes accented by fresh apple, banana and lemon flavors. Earthy minerals appear on the finish where they merge with hints of quince, anise and coal dust.
Pierde Almas Dobadaan Mezcal 51.3%
This release of Pierde Almas Mezcal Dobadaan is handcrafted from 100% Dobadaan Agave, a rare agave grown only in the Ocotlan Valley. A complex, unique mezcal, it opens with notes of sweet agave, ripe fruit and herbal undertones. Aromas of acetone, pine cone, smoking embers and earth are also evident. A full bodied palate explodes in the mouth (even when diluted back to approx. 42%) with woody stewed spinach, chicory smoke, clove spice and agave. The finish offers bold notes of clove, wood smoke, earthy spice, black pepper with smoky bacon flavours lingering.
Pierde Almas Tobala Mezcal 47.8%
This release of Pierde Almas Mezcal Tobala is handcrafted from 100% Tobala Agave, a wild variety than can only be harvested and processed during the spring. Although it opens with a light, floral sweetness, the pure, clean flavor of the agave soon emerges and is followed by hints of butterscotch and anise. This is a fantastically powerful mezcal with an elegance that only the world’s best agave spirits demonstrate.