Pal’Alma is the export brand for Almamezcalera, the bottling label from Mexico City’s notorious “Indiana Jones of Agave”, Erick Rodriguez. Equal parts historian and adventurer, Erick travels to remote production sites all over Mexico sourcing unique agave distillates.
Guerrero, in southwestern México, is at a height of 1870 meters above sea level. Papalote (Agave Cupreata) is one of the most prevalent agave in the region, with wide elegant leaves.
After 8-15 years, when the maguey reaches its maturity, the reproductive stalk (quiote) is cut (capon) to redirect and concentrate sugars in the plant’s heart for a further 3 years. The resulting spirit is rich and expressive, with a lingering finish that can haunt the palate for hours. Only approximately 400 liters produced!