Brocha 'Vol. 3A', Chacolo
The Partida family have been making distinctive ‘mezcales’ for five generations in Jalisco. Since the state is outside the protected mezcal DO, they cannot label their mezcal as such, still their “destilados de agave” are renowned among mezcaleros and mezcal aficionados as some of the finest in Mexico. The family distills only ~2000 liters per year, using just one variety of Agave rhodacantha and twelve different subspecies of Agave angustifolia, which they have been collecting, cultivating and documenting for three generations.
All of the agave used to make Chacolo is harvested after 3-4 years capón: the agave is castrated as it develops its quiote (reproductive stalk), thus concentrating the natural sugars back in the agave’s heart. Fermented over 20-26 days in the cool depths of a volcanic well, the agave is distilled on a Filipino-style hybrid still made from copper and the hollow trunk of a Parota tree.
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A younger subspecies of Agave angustifolia from the Partida family, mature at 7 years – but still with 3 further years capón in the field before harvest. Distilled in 2017 and rested for nearly 3 years before bottling, this batch is light and herbaceous, with pronounced mint, cilantro and ginger on the nose and unctuous texture & minerality on the palate. Like a salted pecorino romano grated over a Vietnamese salad. Remarkably easy to drink.