AT A GLANCE
Owned by: Miel de Tierra
Distilled by: Don Juan Zarur Flores in Mexquitic de Carmona, San Luis Potosí
Cooking: Horno (earthen pit oven)
Fermentation: Natural fermentation in pine vats
Still Type: Copper Alembic Pot Still
Spirit Type: Joven Mezcal Artesanal
Strength: 40% ABV
Miel de Tierra Salmiana Joven Mezcal Artesanal is distilled by maestro mezcalero Don Juan Zarur Flores in Mexquitic de Carmona, San Luis Potosí. Agave salmiana reaches maturity around 10 years old when it is harvested and cooked in an earthen pit oven. After cooking the agaves are crushed with a three-ton tahona and fermented in open air pine vats by wild yeast. After fermentation, it is double distilled in a copper alembic pot still, then proofed to 40% ABV and bottled unaged. Agave salmiana is commonly used in the production of pulque. According to the brand, Miel de Tierra shares a portion of the profits from every bottle sold in helping to conserve wild honeybees in rural Mexico.
Nose: The nose is a complex mixture of savory aromas like hard aged cheese and smoked meats, followed by a sweet note of cooked agave and pickled carrots like those found in your local taqueria.
Palate: The palate starts very sweet and then transforms into a lovely savory umami character.
Finish: On the finish faint notes of smoke float up from the back of your throat and continues its nice balance of sweet and savory.
Conclusion: Miel de Tierra Salmiana is a very balanced and approachable mezcal that expresses the core character of the agave without being overpowered by smoke. This is likely to appeal to mezcal fans as well as tequila drinkers who are interested in trying mezcal. Sip neat and enjoy.