The name Papa Diablo is made from the union of two opposites that complement each other to make a whole unity. This is represented in two cards from the Tarot, ‘The Pope’ and ‘The Devil’ (El Papa and El Diablo). Made in Miahuatlan, Oaxaca, this mezcal is made with Agave espadin and twice distilled to 47.5% abv.
Nose: Cracked pepper, Sea salt and rose petals.
Taste: Violet and lavender with a caramel body.
Finish: Smooth with green agave notes coming through.
Overall: Aromatic and clean.
A funky and fun mezcal, Papadiablo makes an excellent gift for a friend.
If the person you’re buying for is a fan of the Papadiablo you could also try QuiQuiRiQui or Mezcal Union Uno.
The literal translation of mezcal is ‘oven-cooked agave’, the only real difference between mezcal and Tequila is that mezcal is not regulated to the 5 states, like Tequila is. It is predominantly made in the southern state of Oaxaca and unlike Tequila it can be made from any type of agave plant native to Mexico, but not blue. It is categorized from blanco, through to extra añejo in the same way Tequila is and has grown massively in popularity recently. The production and ageing, all the way through to the bottling is generally the same as Tequila.
Don Alberto Ortiz
ABOUT THE DISTILLERY
Everything at this distillery is done to keep it as clean as possible, including crushing the cooked agave by hand with sledge hammers to avoid having horses pull the Tahona around the distillery.
ABOUT THE LIQUID
For Papadiablo, Espadin Agave are cooked in a conic stone oven before being crushed and fermented naturally. Distilled twice in copper alembic stills, the alcohol is adjusted with the tails before being bottled at 47.5% abv.