Surely one of the first batches of Cucharillo (Dasylirion Sp.) to leave the community of San Luis Amatlán, certainly to reach Europe. With just 39 litres ever made, it's one to be savoured.
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Inspiration behind the product
In the community of San Luis Amatlán, in the Miahuatán district of southern Oaxaca, Camilo Garcia Gutierrez shares a palenque with his brother-in-law, Nicolas, and makes spirits in the style of the region.
While Miahuatlán has a long history of working with a wide variety of agave species that all thrive in its unique tierra blanca (white earth), producers are only recently experimenting with Cucharillo (Dasylirion sp).
With this release we are pleased to present Camilo’s very first Cucharillo batch, likely amongst the first to be made in the region, which we rested in glass for two years before release.
Cucharillo is not actually an agave, rather it’s a species of dasylirion. This type of plant has a much longer history of being distilled in the north of Mexico, where it’s known as Sotol.
As opposed to agaves, which flower just once before dying, dasylirion plants flower once every few years, after which the plant can continue to grow. This is quite exciting from a sustainability perspective, as it means seeds can be collected from a plant before it dies. Whereas an agave must be harvested before going to seed to be good for mezcal.
What makes it unique
For this batch, from 20 day roast of mixed agaves, Camilo selected 20 piñas of wild cucharillo and 3 piñas of cultivated espadín (A.Angustifolia), making the balance about 70% Cucharillo to 30% Espadín.
Those 23 plants filed up three quarters of a fermentation tina, where they were left to interact with the natural airborne yeasts for 6 days before being double distilled in a copper alembic.
The alembic’s at this palenque are fitted with refrescaderas (water baths around the cooling dome) so they can choose whether to use this technique or not batch-by-batch, dependent on agave mix and climatic conditions. Camilo did not employ the refrescador for this batch.
Distillation was in October 2020. After proofing with heads and tails (puntas y colas) the final yield of the batch was 45 litres. We’ve had it resting in glass for two years, and now here it is!