Four Distinct Expressions of Mezcal: Meet Pluma Negra
Pluma Negra Doesn't Just Make a Bottle of Mezcal...
They make four, using three unique kinds of agave plants and a different process for each, resulting in each bottle becoming its own story with individual aromas and tasting notes. Pluma Negra claims to "proudly present" four different small batch "expressions of Mezcal that embody the essence and complexity of this distinct spirit - deep rich flavors on the palate, and aromas that can be both delicate and robust on the nose."
San Juan del Rio, Oaxaca, Mexico. Photo Credits: Russ Bowling
Pluma Negra in San Juan del Rio, Oaxaca, Mexico
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The Traditional Mezcal Making Process
There are 6 steps to the small batch traditional process employed by Pluma Negra, each of which enables the tasting notes and finish to be sophisticated, complex, and enjoyable.
- First, the agave plant is either found in the wild and assessed or cultivated, maintaining 100% agave authenticity. Different types of agave, also called maguey, are used in the four Pluma Negra bottles; each bottle labeled for the maguey implemented in the making of its mezcal.
- Cutting and harvesting follows the finding, assessment, and cultivation of the agave plants until they reach the appropriate maturity (between 7 and 35 years, depending on the category of agave). The agave plant is cut with a machete, and then taken away by donkeys to the underground ovens, where the next step of the process takes place.
- The harvested maguey is then cooked in an underground traditional earthen oven until it is ready to be ground.
- Animal powered tahona stone wheels, shown in the instagram video below, grind the cooked agave plant.
- The ground up agave is then fermented in pine barrels for 8-15 days, depending on the current external temperature.
- The final step is a double distillation in small batch copper pot stills, making the mezcal ready for blissful consumption.
The Tepeztate Mezcal bottle is made from tepeztate maguey (no shocker there). Tepeztate is a very large and very wild agave plant, grown in rocky soil in shady areas. Tepeztate can grow so big that the piñas alone weigh over 300 lbs. Tepeztate Maguey matures for 25-35 years before it can be used to make the Pluma Negra Tepeztate Mezcal bottle.
Tepeztate Tasting Notes
Best sipped neat, Pluma Negra Tepeztate Mezcal has undertones of fresh bright herbs and freshly cut grass, along with eucalyptus flavors. Flavors are complex and long lasting, with a "distinctive finish" that "increases in complexity over time."
Where to Buy Pluma Negra Tepeztate Mezcal Online
Pluma Negra originates in Mexico, but can be found online in the US at Tipxy.com, the online alcoholic beverage platform that specializes in craft and artisanal spirits. A 750 ml bottle with an ABV of 52%, the Tepeztate Pluma Negra bottle can be found for only $150.99 on Tipxy.com, with FREE SHIPPPING included.
The Tobalá Mezcal bottle is, of course, made from the Tobalá agave plant: a small, floral shaped, high maintenance maguey that grows wild in Oaxaca. The Tobalá's small size and mere 50 pound pinás result in the necessity of harvesting many more Tobalá agave plants compared to other agave species. Tobalá plants mature for 8-12 years before they are harvested from public land for mezcal.
Tobalá Tasting Notes
A sipping mezcal, Pluma Negra Tobalá Mezcal is "fresh, sweet, and savory across each sip," with floral and nutmeg aromas and subtle notes of plum and chocolate. Light tropical flavors of mango and pineapple are long lasting and the first to appear on the palate, followed by herbal and cinnamon undertones.
Where to Buy Pluma Negra Tobalá Mezcal Online
Pluma Negra Spirits can be found online in the US at Tipxy.com, the online alcoholic beverage platform that specializes in craft and artisanal spirits. A 750 ml bottle with an ABV of 48%, the Tobalá Pluma Negra bottle can be found for just $143.99 on Tipxy.com, with FREE SHIPPPING included.
The Espadín agave plants mature for 7-10 years, and have pinás that reach over 200 pounds. Pluma Negra offers two Espadín Mezcal bottles, similar but with divergent alcohol by volume. The Espadín 40 has a lower ABV, being designed for cocktails, while Espadín 48 has all the same fruity and nutty flavors but is at its best when sipped neat.
Espadín Tasting Notes
Where to Buy Pluma Negra Espadín Mezcal Online
Pluma Negra Spirits can be found online in the US at Tipxy.com, the online alcoholic beverage platform that specializes in craft and artisanal spirits. Tipxy carries the 750 ml Espadín 40 Pluma Negra bottle for $64.99, with free shipping once the order exceeds $99, along with the 750 ml Espadín 48 Pluma Negra bottle for $73.99.