Product of: Mexico
Jonathan Barbieri is an American-born artist who lives in Oaxaca and makes the Pierde Almas brand of mezcal with the Sanchez-family from San Baltazar Chichicapam. Jonathan makes this Espadín mezcal based gin with nine classical gin botanicals in a 100 litre pot still in batches of just 50 litres.
Named Pierde Almas +9 it is legally both a mezcal and a gin. Jonathan starts with double-distilled mezcal made Espadín agave and redistills this a third time with juniper, coriander, star anise, fennel, orange peel, cassia bark, angelica root, orris root, and nutmeg.
Review and Tasting
Sampled on 21/07/2013
Fur trees, pine cones, medicinal and delicately smoky with sage, celery salt, nutmeg and zesty citrus.
Wonderfully soft in the mouth, especially considering the high alcohol with a delicate honeyed sweetness. Salty and smoky with peachy fruit, floral notes, herbal complexity and assertive yet soft spice.
Long dry mineral acidy with subtle smoky spice, honeysuckle blossom and fino sherry saltyness. This makes for one hell of an interesting Dry Martini.