Cosecha Imperial Sotol Artesenal Joven
Untamed, naughty and endearing spirit from Chihuahua
Cosechas “Imperial Sotol Artesenal Joven” describes itself as an “Elixir”, which is a fitting description for this neat sotol made from Dasiliryon Cedrosanum. The agaves which are of the “Wheeleri variety” are wild harvested in the Chihuahua desert. The “Dasiliryon Cedrosanum” (or, more commonly named, the Desert Spoon) is one of natures wonders. It takes 12-15 years to mature, and the plants are big. About two meters high, with the main body half buried in the ground.
Sotol has – just like tequila and mezcal – a declaration of denomination. Meaning that this spirit can only be produced within a certain geographically defined area. In this case Durango, Chihuahua, and Coahuila. The Desert Spoon doesn’t much care about national borders and grows in Northern Mexico, as well as Arizona, New Mexico, West Texas, and what is known as the Texas Hill Country, and all the way south to Oaxaca. Sotol is an old spirit which can be traced back to precolumbian time, but it is only in the last 10-15 years that it has recieved attention as a spirit for the conoiesseurs and one to be the center of investments.
With a great silken texture and long pronounced legs, this spirit flows into the heart of the consumers.
The aromas are distinctly herbals mixed with toasted, earth and spices, fruity aroma of tamarind and sweet odors of chocolate. When you are slowly sipping, you will also notice a remarkable aroma of roasted coffee.
The palate is soft and smooth with rich minerals hints, balanced with warm hints of minerals and spices. The finish comes with a warm mouth feel and subtle notes of mint and as they fade.