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Carreño Ensamble 7 – Joven tasting notes

Details

  • Location: San Dionisio Ocotlán, Oaxaca
  • Agave: Tobalá, Tobasiche, Cuishe, Lumbre, Coyote, Tepeztate, Espadin / A. potatorum, A. karwinskii, A. karwinskii, A. sp, A. americana, A. marmorata, A. angustifolia
  • Maestro mezcalero: Aureliano Hernandez 
  • Quantity: 2,665 liters
  • Batch: AH01
  • ABV: 45%
  • Tasting keywords: Mineral, mesquite, agave sugar.
  • NOM: O373X
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Nose

Slight note of mesquite on top of roast agave.

Taste

It opens with a mineral sparkle and develops into well balanced roast agave flavors highlighted by more mesquite on the tail.

Method / Background Notes

Like a true ensamble the agaves are roasted together underground. Carreño roasts an equal proportion of each agave in this mix. Once roasted the Carreño process hews to the artesanal classification; tahona mill, fermented with wild yeasts in pine tinas, double distillation in copper stills.

The name “Ensamble 7” comes not from the types of agaves but from a Carreño family story about the seven sisters in the family. Apolonio Carreño founded this label in 1904 and his son, Pedro Carreño, carried it forward. Pedro’s great ambition was to have three sons but it took a while. He and his wife had two sons then a string of six daughters before he reached his goal of the third son. Of course the next child was a daughter. The family story centers on his stubborn ambition and that’s why his father, Apolonio, made the Ensamble 7 in honor the seven daughters.

Max co-founded Mezcalistas with Susan way back in 2012. Before that he was a journalist at Salon.com and The San Francisco Chronicle.

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