Full Review

Convite

Convite
Mezcal Artesanal, Espadín y Madrecuishe

Category: Blanco Mezcal

Date Tasted:
Country: Mexico
Alcohol: 42%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$69.99

Convite
Mezcal Artesanal, Espadín y Madrecuishe

Category: Blanco Mezcal

Date Tasted:
Country: Mexico
Alcohol: 42%
Clear color. Aromas of char-grilled mango, wet wool, and pepper with a satiny, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length toffee coated nuts, green apple gelee, ripe watermelon, and gunpowder finish. A fruit-forward, silky Mezcal that checks all the boxes.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Fruity & Candied
Aroma Aroma: char-grilled mango, wet wool, and pepper
Taste Flavor: toffee coated nuts, green apple gelee, ripe watermelon, and gunpowder
Smoothness Smoothness: Smooth
Enjoy Enjoy: in cocktails, neat and on the rocks
Cocktail Cocktails: Buck, Sangrita, Tommy's Margarita
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A fruit-forward, silky mezcal that checks all the boxes.

The Producer or Importer

Hotaling & Co. Importer-Distiller

The Producer or  Importer
550 Montgomery
San Francisco, CA 94111
USA
1 415-4158674465

Their Portfolio

88 Convite Mezcal Artesanal, Espadín y Madrecuishe 42% (Mexico) $69.99.
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96 Denizen Merchant’s Reserve 8 Year Old Rum 43% (Jamaica & Martinique) $34.99.
93 Denizen Vatted Dark Rum 50% (Martinique & Guyana) $30.00.
BR J.H. Cutter Blended Whiskey 48% (USA) $49.99. - Bronze Medal
93 JUNíPERO Gin 49.3% (USA) $32.99.
91 Kavalan Classic Single Malt Whisky 40% (Taiwan) $89.99.
89 Kavalan Concertmaster Port Cask Single Malt Whisky 40% (Taiwan) $99.99.
88 Kavalan Distillery Select Single Malt Whisky 40% (Taiwan) $59.99.
97 Kavalan Solist ex-Bourbon Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 59.4% (Taiwan) $159.99.
90 Kavalan Solist Oloroso Sherry Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 59.4% (Taiwan) $179.99.
93 Kavalan Solist Fino Sherry Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 57.8% (Taiwan) $469.99.
96 Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 59.4% (Taiwan) $199.99.
94 Kavalan Podium Single Malt Whisky 46% (Taiwan) $119.99.
92 Kavalan Distillery Reserve Peaty Cask Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 51.6% (Taiwan) $69.99.
91 Kavalan Distillery Reserve Rum Cask Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 58.6% (Taiwan) $69.99.
95 Kavalan Solist Port Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 57.8% (Taiwan) $299.99.
93 Kavalan ex-Bourbon Oak Single Malt Whisky 46% (Taiwan) $124.99.
93 Kavalan Oloroso Sherry Oak Single Malt Whisky 46% (Taiwan) $149.99.
89 Kavalan Distillery Select Whisky - for the US Market 43% (Taiwan) $59.99.
94 Nikka Yoichi Single Malt Whisky 45% (Japan) $79.99.
91 Nikka Miyagikyo Single Malt Whisky 45% (Japan) $79.99.
91 Nikka From the Barrel Japanese Blended Whisky 51.4% (Japan) $69.99.

Blanco Mezcal

Spirits Glass Copita Clear.jpg
Serve in a Copita
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.