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Don Amado

Don Amado
Arroqueno Mezcal

Category: Blanco Mezcal

Date Tasted:
Country: Mexico
Alcohol: 46%
Certified Organic
94 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$89.99
2017 Best Mezcal, 2017 Best Blanco Mezcal

Don Amado
Arroqueno Mezcal

Category: Blanco Mezcal

Date Tasted:
Country: Mexico
Alcohol: 46%
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 charred ham and pineapple, pickled tropical fruits, and white cigar ash finish. A wonderfully complex and smoky mezcal with great savory spiciness.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Herbal, Complex, Rich, Spicy & Smoky
Aroma Aroma: caramelized smoked bacon, bbq rub, smoked sea salt con gusano, and fancy pipe tobacco
Taste Flavor: charred ham and pineapple, pickled tropical fruits, and white cigar ash
Smoothness Smoothness: Warming
Finish Finish: Normal
Enjoy Enjoy: Now Enjoy on its own
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A wonderfully complex and smoky mezcal with great savory spiciness.

The Importer

Haas Brothers

The Importer
1808 Wedemeyer St. #160
San Francisco, CA 94129
USA
1 415-282-8585

Their Portfolio

91 ArteNOM Seleccion de 1579 Blanco Tequila 40% (Mexico) $49.99.
89 ArteNOM Seleccion de 1549 Blanco Organico Tequila 40% (Mexico) $49.99.
95 ArteNOM Seleccion de 1414 Reposado Tequila 40% (Mexico) $54.99.
91 ArteNOM Seleccion de 1146 Añejo Tequila 40% (Mexico) $69.99.
86 Cimarrón Blanco Tequila 40% (Mexico) $18.99.
85 Cimarrón Reposado Tequila 40% (Mexico) $21.99.
92 Don Amado Rústico Mezcal 47% (Mexico) $44.99.
92 Don Amado Reposado Mezcal 45% (Mexico) $49.99.
94 Don Amado Arroqueno Mezcal 46% (Mexico) $89.99.
93 Don Amado Largo Mezcal 46% (Mexico) $89.99.
86 Don Amado Pechuga Mezcal 46% (Mexico) $89.99.
94 Fuenteseca 2005 7 Year Aged Extra Añejo Tequila 42% (Mexico) $159.99.
94 Fuenteseca 12 Year Aged Extra Añejo Tequila Reserva 45% (Mexico) $299.00.
92 Fuenteseca 2013 Cosecha Blanco Tequila 45.7% (Mexico) $79.99.
92 Mina Real Blanco Mezcal 46% (Mexico) $34.99.
92 Panama-Pacific 9 Year Aged Rum 47.3% (Panama) $29.99.
96 Panama-Pacific 23 year Aged Rum 42.3% (Panama) $54.99.
93 Tequila 3-4-5 Extra Añejo Tequila 43.5% (Mexico) $349.00.

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.