Derrumbes Mezcal Chino / Alto (Grey Label), Michoacan (98 proof)

Derrumbes Mezcal Chino / Alto (Grey Label), Michoacan (98 proof)

Item Number: 8988

UPC: 0-708747152845

Country: Mexico
Region: Michoacan
Sub Region: Michoacan
Appellation/AVA: Tzitzio
Estate Grown Wine: No
Grape(s): Chino Agave / Alto Agave
Type: Spirits - Mezcal
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 6
Closure: T Top
Alc by Vol(%): 49

Village: Tzitzio
Mezcalero: J. Guadalupe Pérez
Agave Sugars: Chino and Alto
Cooking: Underground pit oven
Roast: Black oak
Crushing Method: Mechanical mill
Fermentation: Wood and clay tanks; wild yeast
Still Style: Filipino with wood pots and copper condensers
Distillation: Double distilled

This ensemble is made of equal parts Chino (agave Cupreata) and Alto (agave Inaequidens), which are iconic to Michoacán mezcals. Small amounts of Chino are found in Oaxaca where it is known as Papalome. Alto is not found south of Michoacán. This mezcal is made in the village of Tzitzio.

Tasting Notes:  Very different to the Oaxaca, Derrumbes Michoacán is initially more subtle. Fresh on the nose, you find notes of green apple before more perfumed, floral notes appear. These more delicate aromas give way to a pungent sweetness, ripe pears, and notes of pine and a hint of smokiness. On the palate, you initially detect sweet characters, violets and honey but these are soon overpowered by a dry spiciness fostered by a stringent smoky character. On the finish, the dryness eventually gives way to a more sweet character that leaves a very pleasant mouthfeel.