|El Buho Mezcal
El Buho Mezcal, founded in 2010 by Brooklyn-based Michelin star chef TJ Steele, is a brand that marries tradition with contemporary vibes. Produced by the 6th generation Jimenez Mendez family in Santiago Matatlan, Oaxaca, Mexico, El Buho is all about handcrafted excellence. The family uses copper pot stills and a traditional recipe to create their mezcal, with each batch overseen by patriarch Octavio Jimenez Monterroza. El Buho, meaning "the Owl" in Spanish, symbolizes the spiritual link between the living and the dead in Mexican culture. The brand's mission is to deliver high-quality mezcal at a fair price, making it a great, beautiful, and affordable choice for mezcal lovers.
I found a great place to buy mezcal up in Northern California called Bottle Barn, where I ran into this bottle. Most reviews out there said it was very vegetal in taste with a particularly strong bell pepper taste. I thought there was no way it would taste like bell peppers. Sure enough, dead on. The initial flavor is heavily vegetal with a floral nose, and the finish is nothing other than green bell pepper. For under $100, surprisingly smooth and high quality. Would recommend anytime.