Pal’alma, also known as Mezcalito Pal’alma, is a brand curated by Erick Rodriguez, a renowned figure in the world of mezcal. Erick is also involved in bottling mezcal under the brand name Almamezcalera. He has earned the moniker "Indiana Jones of Mezcal" due to his relentless pursuit of agave spirits producers across the 20+ states of Mexico.
Erick's passion for mezcal takes him to various regions, where he explores agave fields and seeks out traditional mezcal-making communities. Wherever there are agave fields and a freshwater stream, Erick is likely to uncover the presence of mezcal production. His mission is to discover hidden gems and bring them to the global stage, showcasing the rich diversity of Mexican mezcal.
Pal’alma, a name derived from the Spanish term meaning "heart of the agave," embodies Erick's deep reverence for this unique spirit. The brand is committed to crafting mezcal with utmost care and adhering to traditional production methods passed down through generations.
Erick personally selects the agave plants used in each batch of Pal’alma mezcal, ensuring only the finest and most authentic varieties are chosen. Sustainability is a key consideration, as the agave plants are harvested responsibly, preserving the environment and ensuring the long-term viability of mezcal production.
The production process at Pal’alma is meticulously executed by hand. The agave hearts are roasted in underground pits and then crushed using traditional tahona stone wheels. The extracted juices undergo natural fermentation with the aid of wild yeasts, imparting unique flavors and aromas to the final product. The mezcal is then distilled in copper or clay stills, capturing the true essence of the agave and the region it originates from.
Pal’alma mezcal is highly regarded for its exceptional quality and distinct character. Each expression showcases the terroir and agave species specific to its region, resulting in a diverse range of flavors and profiles. Whether it's the smoky notes of Espadín from Oaxaca or the herbal and floral tones of Tobalá from Durango, Pal’alma offers a journey through the rich and complex world of mezcal.
In addition to producing outstanding mezcal, Pal’alma is dedicated to supporting local communities and small-scale producers. Erick Rodriguez ensures fair and ethical practices, creating sustainable livelihoods for the families involved in mezcal production.
Pal’alma invites enthusiasts to embark on a sensory adventure, delving into the depths of Mexican culture, tradition, and the spirit of the agave. Each sip of Pal’alma mezcal reflects the passion and dedication that go into creating these exceptional expressions, making it a cherished choice for connoisseurs and aficionados of fine spirits.