Sotol is a spirit made from a variety of plant in the Dasylirion family, native to the Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts, as well as the American southwest.
The name Sotol comes from the Nahuatl word "Tzolotzin"
In all, there are 15 species of Dasylirion, but most sotol is made from only three:
• D. Wheeleri
• D. Leiophyllum
• D. Cedrosanum
Called "The Desert Spoon" in English, sotol is a shrub-like plant that matures at between 8-22 years of age and, unlike agave, can continue living and blooming again after harvesting if harvested carefully above the root system.
The plant has provided food, clothing, shelter, medicine and tools to the native inhabitants of these lands for thousands of years.
Sotol grows wild between 3,000 and 6,500 feet elevation and thrives in the harshest of climates, often enduring below-freezing temperatures in the winter and wildfires in the summer.
Powerful, green and mineral bouquet opens with bright citrus and white flowers quickly growing herbal and vegetal with an intense note of damp, freshly turned earth, wood smoke and black pepper. Rich, chewy texture with layers of complex flavors evolve through the long, dry and smoky finish.