Los Magos has teamed up with rye whiskey makers WhistlePig to launch Los Magos Barrel-Aged Sotol WhistlePig Edition 1. This limited-edition sotol aged for over twelve months in WhistlePig rye oak barrels.
“The partnership with Los Magos was a great exchange that allowed both teams to explore new territory within our experimental trials, ultimately creating an incredibly unique and complex sipping experience across rye and sotol,” explains WhistlePig’s Chief Blender Meghan Ireland.
The new offering showcases the best of both brands by aging Los Magos’ wild harvested sotol in WhistlePig’s oak barrels that had previously aged their 10 Year Rye Whiskey. After aging in the barrels for over a year, the product resulted in a new profile of sotol that beautifully features both the spirit of the desert and the richness of rye whiskey.
“Sotol is not a spirit that is traditionally aged, so the process of aging Los Magos’ sotol in WhistlePig’s whiskey barrels is revolutionary to the industry,” exclaims Los Magos’ Co-Founder and Chihuahua native Juan Pablo Carvajal.
Los Magos Barrel-Aged Sotol WhistlePig Edition 1 is balanced spirit with hints of smoke, wood, and eucalyptus. The brand recommends sipping it neat or on the rocks.
“Since sotol is such a flavorful and aromatic spirit in itself, the flavors are not lost or overpowered when aged in a barrel. On the contrary, the barrel gives the sotol additional complex layers that harmonize with that of rye, creating its own sweet and floral notes,” adds Carvajal.
“We at Los Magos take great pride in partnering with a brand as influential and inspiring as WhistlePig,” notes Los Magos’ CEO Ryan Stock. “The results of this collaboration truly surpassed our expectations. While aging tequila is nothing new, it is not a practice seen in the other spirits like sotol.”
“We are discovering that because of the bold spirit profile paired with the aging conditions in the high desert, sotol actually ages much better than its agave counterparts that can often lose a lot of the original spirit profile when laid down in a barrel. Los Magos Barrel-Aged Sotol WhistlePig Edition #1 sets a new standard by uncovering the newly discovered opportunities for aging sotol,” adds Stock.
Los Magos Barrel-Aged Sotol WhistlePig Edition #1 is now available at select retailers and establishments nationwide. For more information, head over to the brand’s official website.