Full Review

Nucano

Nucano
Mezcal Añejo

Category: Añejo Mezcal

Date Tasted:
Country: Mexico
Alcohol: 40%
89 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$47

Nucano
Mezcal Añejo

Category: Añejo Mezcal

Date Tasted:
Country: Mexico
Alcohol: 40%
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of quince preserves, fig jam, hints of toffee, brown sugar, and roasted veggies with a satiny, bright, dry medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish that shows suggestions of nutmeg. A dry and chewy Mezcal that will work well as a cigar pairing.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: quince preserves, fig jam, hints of toffee, brown sugar, and roasted veggies
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with suggestions of nutmeg
Smoothness Smoothness: Smooth
Enjoy Enjoy: with cigars and in cocktails
Cocktail Cocktails: Paloma, Sangrita, Tommy's Margarita
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A dry and chewy Mezcal that will work well as a cigar pairing.

The Producer

Mezcal Nucano

The Producer
Avenida Juarez #517 Centro
Oaxaca, 68000
Mexico
52 -1 5514155910

Their Portfolio

90 Nucano Mezcal Reposado 40% (Mexico) $43.00.
89 Nucano Mezcal Añejo 40% (Mexico) $47.00.

Anejo Mezcal

Spirits Glass Copita Amber.jpg
Serve in a Copita
Añejo (literally "old") Mezcal has been aged for a legal minimum of twelve months in barrels. The finest examples however are usually aged from three to five years. Añejo mezcal can be either light, with a golden straw color or have an amber or golden yellow appearance.

The aging in barrels gives añejo mezcals flavors of roasted nuts, grilled fruits, pepper and tobacco. There is often a sublte smoky minerality in the finish; serve these neat in a crystal copita with cigars.

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.