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Del Maguey Pechuga Mezcal
The Pechuga production season is limited to year end due to the special ingredients: Wild mountain apples and plums that must be in season and cannot be substituted.
Pechuga is begun with Minero; mezcal that has already been double distilled. In preparation for a third distillation they place about 75 liters of mezcal in the still and add about 25 lbs of wild mountain apples and plums, big red plantain bananas, pineapples, a handful of almonds and a few pounds of uncooked white rice.
Next, a whole chicken breast, skin removed, bone structure complete, is washed in running water for about three hours to remove any grease. This is then suspended by strings in the atmosphere of the still and a 24 hour, third distillation is begun. The vapor passes over the pechuga and condenses into a crystal clear liquid that has an amazing taste and smoothness.
The reason for the breast they say, is so the mezcal is not dominated by the fruit...a balance.
Upon completion the Pechuga is removed from the still and hung in the family Altar room...the most important space in the house.
False Mezcal labeling in the commercial production Towns and sales in Cities is endemic to Tobalá, Pechuga as well as Minero. There is no way to find a TRUE bottle of any of these special mezcals other than the village they were made in, any place in Mexico including Oaxaca!
This mezcal is the most rare and expensive we have ever encounted, and worth every penny.
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This mezcal is not for everyone. I discovered it on my last trip to Oaxaca and met with Florencio and his palenqueros in one of the small villages outside of Oaxaca. I must say the process initially intrigued me more than the product. But, they have done their homework and all the bits meld together to provide an exceptional Mezcal. It's a keeper.
I had the pleasure of trying this mezcal over the weekend thanks to a good friend of mine, all I have to say is wow. Extremely complex, lots of flavor from nose to finish. The addition of fruit is definitely noticable, but not overpowering the maguey and despite the triple-distillation, this spirit still maintains that signature smoked agave taste. A little rough on the finish from the higher alcohol content, but nothing a drop or two of water cant fix. Retails a bit over $200 and not always readily available, it makes an excelent addition to a collection, and something to keep hidden from the Patron drinking friends. Definitely one of my new favorites.