Siembra Valles Ancestral Tequila
50.2 Alcohol/Vol. 750 mL.
100% Puro Agave.
Echo en Mexico.
The intent behind this product was to recreate older methods of tequila production by pit roasting the agave, hand mashing the roasted pinas in a wooden canoe with mallets, which is very labor intensive and the use of a hybrid wood and copper, filipino style still.
The expectation would be that this would have the potential for something approaching Legendary status. The actuality is something that falls short of realizing that potential.
This mezcal de vino is bottled at just above 100 proof and has all the usual Siembra Azul/Valles information on the label i.e. agave harvest location, length and method of roasting and fermentation, etc. Quite a bit of video information is also available at www.siembraspirits.com and it worth watching to understand the effort and care that were expended to create this unique product.
As to the distillate itself, there is a fair amount of smoke evident on the nose as would be expected from the careful pit roasting and that while pleasing to sip, I find it to be a little too sweet, which surprised me and quite singular in it's flavor profile considering the methods used in production. I expected more complexity in the actual spirit itself that just isn't there for me. I have taken away 1 star as a result.
Overall I feel this is an experience for a seasoned tequila and mezcal drinker and should be experienced but I don't know that a novice to either will be able to appreciate the obvious effort and care invested in bringing this to market.
Recommended with qualifications. The rest of the Siembra Azul or Siembra Valles lineups get a big thumbs up from me.
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