Ed Draves of Premier Wine and Spirits, our resident “official” mezcal taster, as if we ourselves don’t also imbibe, really fell for this mezcal. Whether it was the stylized owl, the price point, the taste, or a combination of all of those, he is very high on El Buho as a great addition to your mezcal collection.
Brand… El Buho Mezcal
Category… Espadin Joven
Origin… Santiago Matatlan, Oaxaca
Tasting Notes… Pretty, floral, fresh nose showing pine forest hints. It is very delicate and pleasant. Viscous mouth coating texture with little hint of alcohol on entry. The pine character comes to the forefront followed by intense mineral and citrus flavors. A little touch of heat carries the long finish where the mineral/citrus peel flavors remain.
Maguey Rating… 4 magueys
Availability… Check the El Buho web site for specifics, but it is available in the US.
Cost… $40.00 USD
Additional Thoughts… At less than $40 retail, this should be THE summer value brand for your entertaining (the attractive packaging is just a bonus). I’d also like to add that my wife has a flower garden next to some fur trees at my house. This mezcal hit breezy summer in my back yard like an arrow hitting the bulls-eye.
Explaining our ratings…
Here’s where we start. We love mezcal, but more importantly, we love artisanal mezcal. The type that and hand made, following the centuries old traditions passed down from one generation to the next.
We only review small batch mezcal so if you are expecting to read about mezcals that come from some 10,000 liter vat, you won’t find them here. We don’t believe that they truly represent the heart and soul of the truly magical mezcals that are produced in Oaxaca and other places around the great country of Mexico.
We rate everything on a scale of 1 to 5 magueys.
If we write it up, it’s good and will be guaranteed at least 1 maguey. 3 magueys is top notch and the cherished 5 maguey rating is reserved for the really special stuff. If you are fortunate to have a mezcal that gets 5 magueys, consider yourself fortunate, because it is a top of the mountain spirit, in the same class as a fine French wine or a treasured single malt Scotch.
Finally, not all of the mezcals we review are available in the US. This reflects the view of Ulises Torrentera of In Situ Mezcaleria, and many mezcaleros, that to truly appreciate mezcal, sooner or later you need to visit us in Oaxaca.