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 Vago Espadin Mezcal Artesanal
96 points
Clear color. Aromas of strawberry pineapple smoothie, ripe honeydew melon, hints of coconut cream, peach pie, spring blossoms, and banana taffy with a lively, fruity medium body and a warming, intricate, very long raspberry, spring peas, lime spritzed jicama, and strawberry rhubarb compote with tropical spices finish. A fruity, wildly accessible spirit that’s a great Mezcal entry point for first timers but also an exceptional choice for connoisseurs; outstanding concentration and depth.
96 points $53.99
Mezcal Vago Ensamble en Barro Mezcal Ancestral
95 points
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of guanabana, ripe pineapple, grilled bell pepper, sugar snap peas, and gunpowder with a supple, dryish light-to-medium body and a seamless, complex, very long finish with touches of white strawberry and braised greens. Excellent balance, length, and mouthwatering acidity; this is one to be sure to get your hands on.
95 points $79.99
Brusco Mezcal Joven
94 points
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
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.
Se Busca Joven Mezcal Artesanal
92 points
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of barnyard hay, rustic goat blue cheese on cucumber, kefir and sheep’s ghee, and oiled leather saddle with a silky, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a seamless, long finish that exhibits accents of singed herbs, grilled pears, roasted coconut milk, and bbq rub and smoked rooibos finish. A wonderfully vibrant and rustic mezcal for sipping, cigars, or adventurous cocktails.
92 points $39.99
Nucano Mezcal Espadin Joven
90 points
Brilliant clear color. Aromas of flint, dried chile pepper, smoked lingonberry, cumin, and ginger with a silky, fruity medium-full body and a warming, engaging, medium-long peppered cantaloupe and water crackers, cucumber, carnation, Amish butter, and spring peas and pea flower finish. A tasty and complex mezcal with a silky mouthfeel and crowd-pleasing style.
90 points $44.99
Convite Mezcal Artesanal
88 points
Clear color. Aromas of char-grilled mango, wet wool, and pepper with a satiny, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length toffee coated nuts, green apple gelee, ripe watermelon, and gunpowder finish. A fruit-forward, silky Mezcal that checks all the boxes.
88 points $69.99
Mezcal Señorio Blanco Mezcal
86 points
Clear color. Aromas of palo santo smoke, peppermint, and salted cucumber with a supple, bright, dry light body and a smooth, breezy black tea, oregano, caraway, and vanilla finish. An incense-like mezcal; a highly mixable spirit with great restraint and focus.
Mezcal Vago Elote Mezcal Artesanal
83 points
Clear color. Aromas of mango vinaigrette, grilled bell pepper, and tamarind gastrique with a light body and a short white pepper and clay finish. A funky Mezcal for adventure seekers; wild and free.
83 points $53.99
Zignum Blanco Mezcal
83 points
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.