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Xicala

Xicala
Mezcal Reposado Lot XR-001

Category: Reposado Mezcal

Date Tasted:
Country: Mexico
Alcohol: 40%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$49.99

Xicala
Mezcal Reposado Lot XR-001

Category: Reposado Mezcal

Date Tasted:
Country: Mexico
Alcohol: 40%
Straw yellow color. Aromas and flavors of cigar ash, char-grilled pineapple and green pepper, smoked turkey jerky, and olive and oregano with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, long finish displaying notes of roasted tropical fruits and sweet peppers, chili pepper, and honey cream. A nicely balanced Reposado Mezcal with a gentle, creamy, sweet agave character.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Herbal, Rich, Spicy & Smoky
Aroma Aroma: cigar ash, char-grilled pineapple and green pepper, smoked turkey jerky, and olive and oregano
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of roasted tropical fruits and sweet peppers, chili pepper, and honey cream
Smoothness Smoothness: Tingling
Enjoy Enjoy: in cocktails, neat, on the rocks, on its own and with cigars
Cocktail Cocktails: Flip, Buck, Tommy's Margarita
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A nicely balanced Reposado Mezcal with a gentle, creamy, sweet agave character.

The Importer

Global Beverage Team

The Importer
141 W. Jackson Blvd
Ste 1930
Chicago, IL 60604
USA
1 312-286-1487

Their Portfolio

86 Azteca Azul Plata Tequila 40% (Mexico) $24.00.
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94 Los Amantes Joven Mezcal 40% (Mexico) $54.00.
93 Los Amantes Reposado Mezcal 40% (Mexico) $65.00.
96 Los Amantes Añejo Mezcal 40% (Mexico) $80.00.
94 Xicala Anejo Mezcal 40% (Mexico) $59.99.
93 Xicala Mezcal Reposado Lot XR-001 40% (Mexico) $49.99.

Reposado Mezcal

Spirits Glass Copita Straw.jpg
Serve in a Copita
Reposado mezcal is mezcal that is aged up to one year in an oak barrel, usually an ex-bourbon barrel. This is less time aging than an añejo mezcal (one to three years of aging) or extra añejos (three years or more). While these examples do not have the finesse of an añejo mezcal, these are a step or two up in refinement and smoothness from a blanco mezcal and can be served neat or in a cocktail.

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.