Destilado de Agave, Chacolo Ixtero Amarillo Capon 4 Años

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Appellation: Jalisco, Mexico

Ixtero Amarillo is what the Partida family calls the sole variety of Agave rhodacantha with which they work. The agave in this production was “capón” for 4 years prior to being harvested for making what the family calls mezcal but is legally defined as Destilado de Agave.

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.