Full Review

Montelobos

Montelobos
Ensamble Joven Mezcal

Category: Blanco Mezcal

Date Tasted:
Country: Mexico
Alcohol: 45.3%
Certified Organic
94 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
Best Buy

Montelobos
Ensamble Joven Mezcal

Category: Blanco Mezcal

Date Tasted:
Country: Mexico
Alcohol: 45.3%
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.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Funky & Spicy
Aroma Aroma: sweet tea, gunpowder, grilled green apple, rubber, bacon, orange peel, and pineapple chutney
Taste Flavor: latex and spiced parsnips
Smoothness Smoothness: Warming
Enjoy Enjoy: in cocktails and neat
Cocktail Cocktails: Buck, Sangrita, Tommy's Margarita
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A curious and concentrated Blanco Mezcal for celebrating and cocktailing.

The Importer

Campari America

The Importer
1114 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036
USA
1 212-207-4350

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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.