Cardenxe, a small-batch sotol brand, launches this spring with two premium terroir-inspired hero varietals. Both, Sotol De La Sierra and Sotol De Desierto, were already awarded Gold and Silver medals respectively in the 2022 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
Sotol is an ancient Mexican spirit that has been distilled for over three centuries in the northern Mexican regions of Chihuahua, and almost disappeared. Unlike Tequila or Mezcal which are distilled from agave, sotol comes from Dasylirion, a plant native to Mexico in the Asparagaceae family.
Cardenxe borrows its name from Canto Cardenche, an old and near-extinct musical genre native to Northern Mexico that is centered around the themes of love and sorrow. In turn, the music lends its name from the cactus cardenche, locally known as the ‘Cactus of Love,’ a succulent that grows around Sotol plants (Dasylirion Asparagaceae), allowing them to mature and fill with the nectar that is distilled into the spirit.
Our mission is to elevate two very unique Mexican traditions that risk disappearing – that of Sotol and of Canto Cardenche. We decided to create a brand of Sotol that brings forth a movement, inspired by the message of love and beauty that the cardencheros like to sing about. – Luigi Ambrosi, Co-founder
The bottles are decorated with art designed in Mexican avante-garde style: Estridentismo, a movement born in the 1950s to challenge the standardization of the imagination.
Inspired by the desert, the Sotol De Desierto has fragrant mineral, earthy sweet cocoa notes and a lingering vegetal aftertaste. The Sotol De La Sierra is from the rustic outpost of Madera and features subtle notes of eucalyptus, moss and nuts.
The $90 Cardenxe Sotol De La Sierra, Mexico 40% Alc/Vol, and the $60 Cardenxe Sotol De Desierto, Mexico 45% Alc/Vol will be available from May 2 online and at selected stores in New York City.
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