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Zignum

Zignum
Blanco Mezcal

Category: Blanco Mezcal

Date Tasted:
Country: Mexico
Alcohol: 40%
83 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$31

Zignum
Blanco Mezcal

Category: Blanco Mezcal

Date Tasted:
Country: Mexico
Alcohol: 40%
Clear color. Creamy aromas of vanilla frozen custard, rum raisin, banana, and spumoni with a velvety, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, breezy coconut-lime sorbet and marmalade finish. A completely atypical mezcal with no smoke or earth to speak of; bright, fruity, creamy, and gregarious.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Candied, Fruity, Rich & Mild
Aroma Aroma: vanilla frozen custard, rum raisin, banana, and spumoni
Taste Flavor: coconut-lime sorbet and marmalade
Smoothness Smoothness: Smooth
Enjoy Enjoy: in cocktails
Cocktail Cocktails: Paloma, Sangrita, Tommy's Margarita
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A completely atypical mezcal with no smoke or earth to speak of; bright, fruity, creamy, and gregarious.

The Producer

Casa Armando Guillermo Prieto, S.A. de C.V.

The Producer
Calle Cuautla #100
Bosques de las Lomas, 62270
Mexico
52 -(777) 329-8900

Their Portfolio

83 Zignum Blanco Mezcal 40% (Mexico) $31.00.
85 Zignum Reposado Mezcal 40% (Mexico) $38.00.
88 Zignum Añejo Mezcal 40% (Mexico) $52.00.

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.