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Los Amantes

Los Amantes
Joven Mezcal

Category: Blanco Mezcal

Date Tasted:
Country: Mexico
Alcohol: 40%
94 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$54

Los Amantes
Joven Mezcal

Category: Blanco Mezcal

Date Tasted:
Country: Mexico
Alcohol: 40%
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.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Rich, Smoky, Herbal & Funky
Aroma Aroma: char-grilled pineapple, spiced apple, smoked aloe, peppercorn, and tea tree oil, and fireplace
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of white cigar ash, grilled citrus drizzled with honey mint and chive, and lava stones
Smoothness Smoothness: Warming
Enjoy Enjoy: in cocktails, neat, on the rocks and with cigars
Cocktail Cocktails: Mexican Mule, Oaxacan Old Fashioned, Tommy's Margarita
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A vibrantly delicious mezcal with fine flavor and balance.

The Importer

Global Beverage Team

The Importer
200 E. Randolph
Chicago, IL 60601
USA
1 312-286-1487

Their Portfolio

94 Los Amantes Joven Mezcal 40% (Mexico) $54.00.
93 Los Amantes Reposado Mezcal 40% (Mexico) $65.00.
96 Los Amantes Añejo Mezcal 40% (Mexico) $80.00.
90 Maracame Extra Añejo Tequila 38% (Mexico) $.00.
88 Maracame Plata Tequila 40% (Mexico) $.00.
90 Maracame Reposado Tequila 40% (Mexico) $.00.
93 Maracame Añejo Tequila 40% (Mexico) $.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.