Mezcal Anejo - Tehuana Anejo Mezcal
Tehuana Anejo Mezcal
Caballeros Incorporated, Importer
100% agave, con gusano (with the worm)
PROOF: 80 (40%)
AGE: 3 years
PRICE: $55.00 - 750 ML
Notes: This mezcal is produced in Oaxaca, the traditional area in Mexico for mezcal. This is the youngest expression of this particular mezcal line - all of which are single barrel bottlings of 100% agave. They also import numerous other mezcals that we will be reviewing (see our reviews of the Scorpion Silver, Scorpion Anejo One Star, Scorpion Anejo Three Star, Tehuana Silver, Embajador Anejo, and Embajador Silver).
Appearance: Brown Gold- clear with no particulates. On swirling, it leaves a very light coating on the glass which belies its viscosity. Sitting in the glass it looks like a small puddle of sap or nectar. Quite a striking contrast to most clear spirits such as vodka.
First Impression: Smoky, sweet, some savory at first, then a sort of acetone smell develops.
Taste: Slight sweetness, smoke then off tastes: acetone, bannana type esters of a bad distillation perhaps? Tastes like tree sap gone bad. Starts to burn at the end.
Drinks: Despite our best efforts I found only one mezcal cocktail (in Gary and Mardee Regan's New Classic Cocktails). I guess that is one way to use it up.
Bottle: Simple square shaped bottle with Aztec symbols in raised relief on the sides. Label and bottle give it a somewhat antique or low tech feel to it. Has a tiny sombrero hanging from it. I usually take that as a warning sign if I see things like that, but in this case it does make the bottle easier to find. Label is simple but packs a lot of information for those able to decode all the industry shorthand. Look for that worm!
Final Thoughts: Disappointing. Really a pity that they wasted 3 years aging this stuff. I think they should have dumped it rather than bottled it.
Fast loading with a display of all the Mezcals they import (more than twelve!).
Basic information and pictures of each one, with reviews and ratings by different people and organizations. Rather basic, but functional. They spent the money on what is inside the bottle, and not slick web page programming.