About Blanco Mezcal

About Blanco Mezcal
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.

Top Picks for Blanco Mezcal

Mezcal de Leyendas Verde San Luis Potosi Mezcal
97 points
$49.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of cucumber, melon, lime spritz, caramelized orange, Ancho chile, Maggi, and golden raisins with a round, lively, fruity medium body and a warming, massively long finish with notes of pickled ginger, sweet guava pastry, cured meats, and black olives. A sweet, savory, salty, juicy display of complexity and finesse; enjoy this Blanco Mezcal liberally.
97 points $49.99
Mezcal de Leyendas Cenizo Durango Mezcal
95 points
$99.99
Clear color. Savory aromas of sweet chili sauce, grilled jalapeño, roasted carrots, and sweet peas with a round, lively, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, complex, very long fennel seed, candied citrus, and grilled asparagus finish. A savory and deeply satisfying Mezcal with excellent food affinity.
95 points $99.99
Montelobos Ensamble Joven Mezcal
94 points
$0
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas of sweet tea, gunpowder, grilled green apple, rubber, bacon, orange peel, and pineapple chutney with a supple, crisp, dry medium body and a warming, interesting, long latex and spiced parsnips finish. A curious and concentrated Blanco Mezcal for celebrating and cocktailing.
94 points $0 Best Buy
Peloton de la Muerte Mezcal Artesanal Maguey Criollo
94 points
$44.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of grapefruit zest, key lime, sweet mango, dried leaves, anise, and candied ginger with a silky, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a hot, interesting, medium-length finish revealing overtones of caraway, cumin, and fresh parsley. A fiery Mezcal with juicy fruit notes and herbaceous charm; this one really opens up with water.
94 points $44.99
Salvadores 70 400 Artesanal Espadín Joven Mezcal
94 points
$64
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of apple jelly, ripe pear, and ladyfinger banana with a velvety, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, distinctive, very long finish that shows overtones of custard, artisan root beer, cinnamon, and anise. A fantastically smooth and satisfying Mezcal with a custard-like texture and piles of flavor.
Brusco Mezcal Joven
94 points
$39.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of smoked ham, grilled tomato, leather, dried pineapple, and coconut cream with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, layered, long finish that presents notes of charcoal, grilled starfruit, and chipotle. A lengthy and complex Mezcal that offers a delicious, velvety palate with balanced flavors.
94 points $39.99
Los Amantes Joven Mezcal
94 points
$54
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.
Mezcal Vago Mezcal Elote
93 points
$54
Clear color. Aromas of ripe papaya, kiwi, pineapple, sweet pea blossoms, and mesquite honey with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a polished, complex, medium-long allspice, cumin, ripe banana, peppercorns, and curry finish. A silky, spicy melange of flavors; lots of complexities to discover in this Mezcal.
Mezcal Vago Mezcal Espadin Emigdio Jarquin
93 points
$54
Clear color. Aromas of pancetta, smoked mango, hazelnut, and mint with a satiny, crisp, dryish medium body and a warming, appealing, medium-long hints of coffee and black olives finish. A savory and satisfying Mezcal with big meaty flavors.
Le Tribute Mezcal Artesanal Joven
93 points
$69
Clear color. Savory, sweet aromas of carrot escabeche, passion fruit agrodolce, ginger, raisins, tellicherry peppercorns, and caramel with a satiny, lively, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, complex, very long tomatillo salsa, grilled corn, huitlacoche, anise, and white pepper finish. A brooding Mezcal that engulfs the senses; emphatically bright and memorably balanced.