17 years ago, Manuel and Ruben began their joint farming project - two adjacent farms that they work on together. Agave Maximiliana is the focus with four Americanas planted to identify the property line. These Americanas grew into massive agave with the largest piña weighing in at 880 kgs. Harvested 2 years ago, these 4 agaves, known as Los Gigantes, were produced by Ruben and Manuel together for this once in a lifetime batch.
Ruben Peña and Manuel Salcedo
OVEN / FUEL
Adobe / black oak
Wild fermented in wood and plastic (with bagasso)
1x in alembic of stainless steel and copper (with bagasso)
Aroma – sweet smoke, roasted pineapple & green peppers
Taste – earth, pine, herbs, wood
Texture – fresh and bold with a velvet finish
Varies by batch
Los Gigantes had to be cut into several pieces just to be brought back to the taberna.
This style of above ground adobe oven can also be seen for Tabernas III.
Huge Agave Americana, weighing up to 880kg, were used for Los Gigantes.
Machetes are used here in combination with a small mechanical mill.
Fermentation is done in a combination of wood and tomba.
Distillation is done a single time in stainless still pots.