El Buho is made in the heart of Oaxaca from espadin agave plants. After harvesting they are roasted for a full week with local mesquite. Once roasted the pina pieces are crushed on a stone mill to extract the sugar rich juice. The juice is transferred to a vat for fermentation in which well water is added and the mixture is allowed to ferment for a few days. The resulting mash is then double distilled before being bottled.
El Buho is clear. On the nose there is a inviting aroma of agave, vanilla, some indistinct herbal qualities and smoke. On the palate it has rich velvety texture with vanilla, dried herbs, a hint of cocoa, and more smoke. The smoke is nicely balanced and works in concert with the other flavors without overwhelming the palate. It finishes with a spicy more pepper than ginger and a lingering whiff of smoke.
Oaxacan Old Fashioned
1 1/2 oz Reposado Tequila
1/2 oz Mezcal
1 teaspoon Agave Nectar
1 to 2 dashes of Bittermen’s Xocolatl Mole bitters
Stir all ingredients with ice in a mixing glass, strain into a chilled old fashion glass, and garnish with an orange peel.
1½ oz. Reposado tequila
¾ oz. lemon juice
½ oz. spiced raisin syrup
1 oz. local cider
mist of mezcal
cinnamon stick garnish
Raisin Syrup: combine equal parts white grape juice, sugar, and water in a pot over low heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves and add 2 cinnamon sticks and 1 star anise pod. Steep for 30minutes. Remove the spices, add a 1/2 oz of vodka and refrigerate.
Combine all ingredients except mezcal in an iced cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into a glass filled with ice. Mist with the mezcal and grate some cinnamon on top of the drink. Add the stick as garnish.
created by Max Kestenbaum of The Del Monte Speak Easy
2 oz. Mezcal
1 oz. lime juice
1/2 oz. honey syrup
1/2 oz. Domaine De Canton
3 slices of cucumber
In a shaker, muddle the cucumber. Add all liquid ingredients, shake, strain into a double old fashioned glass, preferably with a large piece of block ice. Garnish with a slice of cucumber.
Review sample provide by representatives of El Buho Mezcal.