About Blanco Mezcal

About Blanco Mezcal
Blanco mezcal is a spirit from Mexico that can be made from as many as 18 different types of the agave plant, some cultivated and some wild. Most are produced in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. A blanco mezcal is distilled in a copper still (sometimes double distilled) and is not aged in oak, thus preserving a clear appearance.

Mezcal is often confused with tequila, as both are made from agave. But while tequila must be made from one specific blue agave, mezcal can be produced from eighteen different types of agave (maguey). There are two types of mezcal, those made exclusively from maguey and those made from at least 80% maguey mixed with other ingredients. Mezcal has similar aging terms as tequila, such as reposado and añejo, but generally mezcal is more of an artisanal product, so examples of mezcal vary more than tequila.

Most are double-distilled, while some are triple-distilled and then aged for several years in oak barrels. Flavors range from smoked herbs and pepper to tobacco and charred fruits. Serve these on their own, in an adventuresome cocktail, or with a cigar.

Top Picks for Blanco Mezcal

Mezcal Vago Espadin Mezcal Artesanal
96 points
$53.99
Clear color. Aromas of strawberry pineapple smoothie, ripe honeydew melon, hints of coconut cream, peach pie, spring blossoms, and banana taffy with a lively, fruity medium body and a warming, intricate, very long raspberry, spring peas, lime spritzed jicama, and strawberry rhubarb compote with tropical spices finish. A fruity, wildly accessible spirit that’s a great Mezcal entry point for first timers but also an exceptional choice for connoisseurs; outstanding concentration and depth.
96 points $53.99
Mezcal Vago Ensamble en Barro Mezcal Ancestral
95 points
$79.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of guanabana, ripe pineapple, grilled bell pepper, sugar snap peas, and gunpowder with a supple, dryish light-to-medium body and a seamless, complex, very long finish with touches of white strawberry and braised greens. Excellent balance, length, and mouthwatering acidity; this is one to be sure to get your hands on.
95 points $79.99
Brusco Mezcal Joven
94 points
$39.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of smoked ham, grilled tomato, leather, dried pineapple, and coconut cream with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, layered, long finish that presents notes of charcoal, grilled starfruit, and chipotle. A lengthy and complex Mezcal that offers a delicious, velvety palate with balanced flavors.
94 points $39.99
Los Amantes Joven Mezcal
94 points
$54
Clear color. Smoky aromas and flavors of char-grilled pineapple, spiced apple, smoked aloe, peppercorn, and tea tree oil, and fireplace with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, distinctive, long finish conveying notes of white cigar ash, grilled citrus drizzled with honey mint and chive, and lava stones finish. A vibrantly delicious mezcal with fine flavor and balance.
Don Amado Arroqueno Mezcal
94 points
$89.99
Clear color. Herbal, spicy aromas and flavors of caramelized smoked bacon, bbq rub, smoked sea salt con gusano, and fancy pipe tobacco with a lightly tannic, lively, bittersweet medium-to-full body and a warming, very long finish with touches of charred ham and pineapple, pickled tropical fruits, and white cigar ash finish. A wonderfully complex and smoky mezcal with great savory spiciness.
Awards: 2017 Best Mezcal & 2017 Best Blanco Mezcal
94 points $89.99
Don Amado Largo Mezcal
93 points
$89.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of green plantain, barbecue pork, and eucalyptus with a round, fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-long finish imparting notes of pear drop, wintergreen, hot smoked tomato, and black pepper and allspice finish. A complex mezcal with oscillating fruitiness and jerk-like spiciness.
93 points $89.99
Se Busca Joven Mezcal Artesanal
92 points
$39.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of barnyard hay, rustic goat blue cheese on cucumber, kefir and sheep’s ghee, and oiled leather saddle with a silky, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a seamless, long finish that exhibits accents of singed herbs, grilled pears, roasted coconut milk, and bbq rub and smoked rooibos finish. A wonderfully vibrant and rustic mezcal for sipping, cigars, or adventurous cocktails.
92 points $39.99
Miel de Tierra Joven Mezcal Artesanal Salmiana
91 points
$89.95
Clear color. Rustic, spicy aromas and flavors of pickled banana pepper, speck, and stable floor with a round, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, delightful, medium-length finish with accents of green apple, green hay, sour fruit candies, and leather boots finish. An rustic yet fruity mezcal for imbibers seeking adventurous new experiences.
91 points $89.95
Mezcales de Leyenda San Luis Potosi Mezcal
89 points
$79.99
Dull clear color. Vegetal, rustic, rubbery, fruity aromas of zucchini, preserved lemon, watermelon candy, and manure with a glycerous, tangy, fruity sweet light body and a peppery, intricate, medium-length sweet melon melange, smoked tamarind, and sweet potato pie finish. Enjoy the journey from nose to palate in this metamorphic mezcal.
89 points $79.99
Mezcales de Leyenda Puebla Mezcal
89 points
$84.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of charred fruits, cigar wrapper, smoked nuts, and rubber tire with a lightly tannic, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, charming, medium-long finish that shows overtones of smoked pepper, papaya mango gelato, macadamia nougat, and ash finish. A very approachable mezcal with delicate creamy, fruity, and smoky tones.
89 points $84.99