SOTOL - CHIHUAHUA DESERT
BSK Köppen–Geiger Microclimete. Sandy Desert Terroir.
SOTOL Distilleries are called Vinatas. While tequila is known worldwide, Sotol is a connoisseur delight and one of Mexico´s best kept secrets. It is an extraordinarily pure spirit with its own denomination of origin, highly valued for its rich flavors.
It is an organic agave, wild-harvested in the Chihuahuan Desert of Northern Mexico which takes 15 years to mature. In the desert’s harsh climate, only the strongest and healthiest plants survive this natural selection process. Maturing on the mountainsides, the plant stores vast amounts of natural energy before it is ready to be harvested. No herbicides, no insecticides, no fertilizers.
Each bottle contains the distilled nectar of an estimated 15-year-old plant, providing the richest agave scent and flavor one can find in a Sotol.
The piñas of the sotol are placed in a volcanic rock-lined pit where they roast for 3-4 days. They are then hand-crushed and open-air fermented for 4-8 days. Distillation occurs in a pot-still fueled by fire for the first distillation and gas for the second. It is distilled to 60-80% ABV and brought down to proof. It rests for 60 days before bottling unfiltered.