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Añejo Mezcal Artesanal

Category: Añejo Mezcal

Date Tasted:
Country: Mexico
Alcohol: 40%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$70

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Añejo Mezcal Artesanal

Category: Añejo Mezcal

Date Tasted:
Country: Mexico
Alcohol: 40%
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of elote, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove, cocoa powder, and toasted cedar with a velvety, crisp, dry medium body and a delightful, medium-length finish imparting touches of caramel corn, hot almost burnt toffee, and grilled walnut. Cinnamon dusted elote with a caramel chocolate drizzle; yum.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Crisp & Lively
Aroma Aroma: elote, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove, cocoa powder, and toasted cedar
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with touches of caramel corn, hot almost burnt toffee, and grilled walnut
Smoothness Smoothness:
Finish Finish: Normal
Enjoy Enjoy: neat, on the rocks, with cigars and with drops of water
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Cinnamon dusted elote with a caramel chocolate drizzle; yum.

The Producer

SPI Group

The Producer
Valley Park F 44 rue de la Vallée
1 352-24 695 131

Their Portfolio

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BR Cenote™ Reposado Tequila 40% (Mexico) $54.00. - Bronze Medal
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93 Cenote™ Cristalino Tequila Añejo 40% (Mexico) $74.00.
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97 elit Vodka 40% (Latvia) $39.00.
94 Se Busca Joven Mezcal Artesanal 40% (Mexico) $42.00.
89 Se Busca Reposado Mezcal Artesanal 40% (Mexico) $55.00.
90 Se Busca Añejo Mezcal Artesanal 40% (Mexico) $70.00.
94 Se Busca Joven Madrecuishe Mezcal Artesanal 45% (Mexico) $150.00.
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93 Stolichnaya Hot Jalapeno Vodka 37.5% (Latvia) $22.00.
88 Stolichnaya Peachik Vodka 37.5% (Latvia) $19.00.
92 Stolichnaya Vodka 40% (Latvia) $20.00.
89 Stolichnaya Stoli Chamoy Vodka 35% (Latvia) $20.00.
88 Stolichnaya Razberi Vodka 37.5% (Latvia) $20.00.
90 Stolichnaya Ohranj Vodka 37.5% (Latvia) $20.00.
92 Stolichnaya Blueberi Vodka 37.5% (Latvia) $20.00.
90 Stolichnaya Citros Vodka 37.5% (Latvia) $20.00.
95 Stolichnaya Cucumber Vodka 37.5% (Latvia) $20.00.
94 Stolichnaya Vanil Vodka 37.5% (Latvia) $20.00.
94 Stolichnaya Salted Karamel Vodka 37.5% (Latvia) $20.00.
92 Stolichnaya Gluten Free Vodka 40% (Latvia) $20.00.
96 Stolichnaya Gold Vodka 40% (Latvia) $34.00.
88 Villa One Silver Tequila 40% (Mexico) $44.00.
88 Villa One Reposado Tequila 40% (Mexico) $49.00.
92 Villa One Añejo Tequila 40% (Mexico) $59.00.

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.