Sotol Desierto, Flor Del Desierto
Sotol is an eponymous spirit made in Northern Mexico (traditionally in Chihuahua, Sonora and Durango), as well as parts of the Southwestern US, from a variety of plant also called sotol. It has sustained the people of the region for centuries, finding its way into food, medicine, religious ceremonies, and both fermented & distilled beverages. The spirit is produced in a similar way to mezcal, whereby the sugar-laden heart of a mature plant is roasted in a shallow pit oven using indigenous wood, thus imparting a smoky flavor.
Flor del Desierto Sotol embraces artisanal spirits from two maestro soltoleros, Gerardo Ruelas Hernandez (Desierto & Cascabel) and Jose “Chito” Fernandez (Sierra). Each bottle of Flor del Desierto sotol is a direct translation of the soil and culture of Chihuahua.
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Sotol Desierto is made from 100% wild-harvested Dasylirion leiophyllum harvested at low elevation in the Coyame Desert. Cooked in shallow pits fueled by willow and oak, the plants are then shredded by axe and knife and open-air fermented in below-ground masonry tanks, before being twice-distilled in traditional copper stills. The bright aroma displays lemongrass, Meyer lemon, new oak, and wet soil. The palate is gentle and mellow, with notes of wet clay, cacao, ripe fruit, delicate char, minerality, and sweet spice. 45% abv