Created from Espadin agave, El Buho Mezcal is handcrafted at a traditional artisan distillery in the heart of Oaxaca. Mature agave plants are carefully selected, then slowly roasted for one week in an underground stone pit with local mesquite wood. The roasted agave pieces are crushed on a traditional Tohona stone mill, well water is added to the resulting aguamiel, and the mixture fermented for a few days. The mash is then double distilled in a fifth generation alembic still and packaged in a distinctive bottle featuring "el buho" himself. El Buho Mezcal is now available in the US thanks to Brooklyn-based company, Henry Steele Imports. An inviting nose of sweet agave, vanilla and delicate smoke leads to a rich, full-flavored palate with herbaceous notes of roasted agave, sweet potato, vanilla and earth. The finish is long, spicy and peppery, enhanced by an elegant touch of smoke.