Distilled by Pedro Vasquez in 2019, this release of Arroqueno is bottled by El Jolgorio for their prestigious Black Bottle series release. I’m a longtime lover of Arroqueno, and I recently saw this at a price I couldn’t pass up. Let’s dive in.
Extremely powerful nose. Bright, acidic, almost a hint of lactose, but it’s complex. Sweet peach, creamy sweetness, light earthiness and some lactic funk that almost comes as a hit of vinegar. Bright acidity, light pepper.
Rich on the palate, heat is just right for the relatively high ABV. Celery salt, cream cheese frosting, pepper, a bit of slate and some honey and apricot.
Long, mineral forward finish. Less of that frosting I get from arroqueno on the finish, it’s bright, acidic and loaded with stone and mineralogy.
Overall, this is something special. The cream cheese frosting and decadent lactic qualities play well with bright, vibrant acidity and stone. This one takes some work to peel apart, but it’s a delight from start to finish. \t\t