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Don Amado

Don Amado
Rústico Mezcal

Category: Blanco Mezcal

Date Tasted:
Country: Mexico
Alcohol: 47%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$44.99

Don Amado
Rústico Mezcal

Category: Blanco Mezcal

Date Tasted:
Country: Mexico
Alcohol: 47%
Clear color. Sourish, toasty aromas of cigarette butts and ash, charred chestnuts and aloe, and beef bouillon cubes with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, honey roasted peppers and creamy nougat finish. A smoky, earthy mezcal with a creamy center.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Funky & smoky
Aroma Aroma: cigarette butts and ash, charred chestnuts and aloe, and beef bouillon cubes
Taste Flavor: honey roasted peppers and creamy nougat
Smoothness Smoothness: Tingling
Enjoy Enjoy: on the rocks and in cocktails
Cocktail Cocktails: Paloma, Sangrita, Tommy's Margarita
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A smoky, earthy mezcal with a creamy center.

The Importer

Haas Brothers

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

Their Portfolio

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92 Panama-Pacific 9 Year Aged Rum 47.3% (Panama) $29.99.
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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.