When I ran across El Buho Mezcal for the first time, I immediately thought, “I need that bottle!” The cool owl design on the label would hipster-ify anyone’s collection of hooch.
El Buho Mezcal is made in Oaxaca by fifth-generation mezcal distillers, and it was only recently made available in the United States through the efforts of TJ Steele, a chef at NYC’s Tia Pol restaurant. Steele happened upon the El Buho agave farm during a trip to Oaxaca. He liked the mezcal so much, he decided to import it to the United States.
The owl design was created by Thomas Hooper, a tattoo artist, specifically for this mezcal. Look closely and you’ll notice an agave plant motif incorporated into the owl’s body, a reminder of mezcal’s raw ingredient.
The mezcal itself is made with traditional methods: agave hearts are roasted in an underground stone pit and crushed in a stone mill before being distilled. The result is a rich, herbaceous spirit with smoky vanilla flavors and peppery spice.
I already have a spot picked out on my shelf to prominently display El Buho.