A great mezcal for Islay single malt scotch aficionados
Notes: This mezcal is produced in Oaxaca the traditional area 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 Reposado, Scorpion Anejo One Star, Scorpion Anejo Three Star, Tehuana Silver, Tehuana Anejo, Don Juan Escobar Resposado, Mistico Reposado).
Appearance: Clear as molten glass in the bottle.It is a beautiful thing. 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: Incredibly smoky, sweet, some savory, lime, pineapple, at first then a sort of mineral salts at the end. It reminds me of some of those salt and herb mixtures you find in Provence or further south in France
Taste: Smoky enough to qualify for a Barbeque Sauce! (I mean that in an admiring way) Single malt scotch afficicanados would love this stuff. Very earthy and savory notes and a lime citrus with salt develops very quickly but smoke is sweeter than the phenols you get from a Islay Scotch. A bit leaner than the Scorpion Silver or Embajador Silver with a drier finish. Amazing stuff!
Drinks: Despite our best efforts I found only one mezcal cocktail (in Gary and Mardee Regans New Classic Cocktails) I think however that there are some definite possibilities for substituting this for scotch in some cocktails to create a whole new family of cocktails-please see our recipes section for some of our ideas.
Cigars: A nice full-bodied cigar.
Bottle: Simple square shaped clear glass bottle with ridged paramecium like lines all over the surface. Label and bottle give it a somewhat antique or low tech feel to it, but shows the mezcal in it to good effect.
No larvae or arachnids in it either unlike most others- just good Mezcal.
Final Thoughts: More subtle and complex than the Joven – a challenge to drink. This one will put hair on your chest. A downside is it is not as striking in the flavors more subtle yes, but does not have the full on smokiness (which depending on your taste is a plus or minus).
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.