Patagonia usually brings to mind fleece jackets and hiking gear, but soon you’ll be thinking drinks. Träkál, the South American region’s most recent foray into the spirits business, will be available in the U.S. this summer. Made from a base spirit distilled from pears and apples and infused with indigenous herbs and botanicals, Träkál (which translates to “first warrior into battle”) is unlike any spirit you’ve ever tasted.
“All our native herbs and berries thrive because of the soil composition, the topography—the micro-climates are all affected,” says founder and master distiller Sebastian Gomez Camorino. “It wouldn’t be this beautiful if it wasn’t moving and changing due to the volcanoes.”
In creating Träkál, Camorino intended to bottle the experience of walking through the forests of Patagonia. The resulting spirit, made by blending the apple- and pear-based spirit with essential oils from herbs, has an aroma of caramel, anise and fresh trees after a rainfall, followed by flavors of moss, sage, spice, blueberry and fresh herbs. It also has a salty minerality that Camorino credits to its water source.
“Three hundred-foot wells that source from underground rivers all feed from Andean and volcanic run-off,” he says. “It is all authentic and native—it can only exist here. It can only be made here."