Monday, April 15, 2024

Evaluation: Desert Door Woman of Spain Texas Sotol


 

Sotol might sound like a one-off expertise, however Texas-based Desert Door certain does loads with it, cranking out particular editions of this distinctive, American twist on tequila.

Woman of Spain is Desert Door’s second launch in its Explorer Sequence for 2023, and is definitely a relaunch of a earlier expression which was aged in a medium toast Spanish sherry cask. There’s no further, particular growing old info supplied. A scant 300 bottles have been produced.

When you’ve skilled unaged sotol, know that the barrel actually does a quantity on this generally rough-and-tumble spirit. The sherry cask is straight away evident, infusing the country, barely vegetal nostril with unmistakable notes of roasted nuts and oily citrus. A toasted coconut character builds with a bit of time in glass, giving the sotol a hotter, autumnal be aware, with lacings of ginger coming additional into focus in a while.

The palate is wealthy and rewarding, heavy with a mixture of baking spices but in addition a lot extra — tanned leather-based, smoked oak staves, and mesquite underbrush — a lot of this pushed by the sotol. Then there’s a nutty, oily high quality that’s clearly influenced by the sherry casking, virtually displaying off some citrus fruit freshness… however not fairly. The 2 halves work nicely collectively, the sum of the elements main you to a sort of grassy, out-in-the-field high quality. Happily, the sotol isn’t in any respect drying, as a delicate sweetness pushed by caramelized figs and dates brings up the rear, including some wanted sugar to the end.

I might take or depart unaged sotol, to be sincere, however Desert Door is performing some nice issues when it places the stuff into barrel. When you run throughout Woman of Spain (and I’ll be sincere, that’s unlikely), give it a shot.

100 proof.

A- / $NA / desertdoor.com

Desert Door Woman of Spain Texas Sotol



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