Guerrero, in southwestern Mexico, is at a height of 1870 meters above sea level. Papalote (Agave cupreata) is one of the most prevalent agave in the region, with wide elegant leaves (“pencas”) like a mammoth version of Agave potatorum (aka Tobalá or Papalométl).
After 8-15 years, when the maguey reaches its maturity, the reproductive stalk (“quiote”) is cut (“capón”) to redirect and concentrate sugars in the plant’s heart for a further 3 years (!!). The resulting spirit is beautifully rich and expressive, with a lingering finish that can wonderfully haunt the palate for hours. Exceptional, a DRINK Staff Favorite Pick!
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