Full Review

Iba

Iba
55 Mezcal

Category: Blanco Mezcal

Date Tasted:
Country: Mexico
Alcohol: 55%
94 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$100

Iba
55 Mezcal

Category: Blanco Mezcal

Date Tasted:
Country: Mexico
Alcohol: 55%
Clear color. Smoky, fruity floral aromas and flavors of tobacco ash, nopales, char-roasted pepper, and copper with a supple, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, intricate, long finish that shows suggestions of smoked nuts, honey roasted exotic tropical fruits, vanilla bean, and tar finish. A fantastically rich, fruity, and nuanced blanco mezcal.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Complex, fruity, rich & smoky
Aroma Aroma: tobacco ash, nopales, char-roasted pepper, and copper
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with suggestions of smoked nuts, honey roasted exotic tropical fruits, vanilla bean, and tar
Smoothness Smoothness: Tingling
Finish Finish: Normal
Enjoy Enjoy: neat
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A fantastically rich, fruity, and nuanced blanco mezcal.

The Importer

Biagio Cru

The Importer
73 Powerhouse Rd
Roslyn Heights, NY 11577
USA
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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.