Rosario Angeles Vasquez
Distilled by Rosario Angeles Vasquez, daughter in law to the great Berta Vasquez (shes great in my mind at least), this Arroqueno is produced in Saint Catarina Minas using a clay still and river water. I'm a lover of all things Vasquez and Arroqueno so this was a no brainer purchase in my book.
Wowzers - so much happening on the nose. The clay is unmistakable - funky, cheesy, garlic forward. Lactic, musty, a bit of brine and savory character. Hint of cream cheese frosting, a bit of sour cream, lime, orange zest, bit of pepper.
Powerful savory palate - cream, cheese, clay, a bit of ash and some musty sweetness. Lots of pepper, bit moe orange peel. Fuuuuuuuunky.
Long finish, peppery, ashy, loaded with those clay post notes, arroqueno lends a fruity sweetness and a blast of almost beef jerky notes.
This is all over the place - in a good way. Powerful, musty, funky, savory, smoky. Lovely.