The fourth and last mezcal from the bottle-share, the first one, is the ‘Minero’. The mezcal is produced in Santa Catarina Minas, a couple of miles south of Oaxaca.
I was pondering how to write an introduction for this one when I found a very interesting bit of trivia on the website of Del Maguey. Apart from this distillery being very well organized, they don’t distill in the more common copper pot stills (like Scotland). They use a clay still with bamboo tubing.
While this very interesting, it does divert a little bit from the single village concept, since another new variable has been introduced which would make this one different from the rest anyway, even if it was distilled in the same town or even distillery.
Still. Pretty kick ass that this ancient production method is still being used. More so if the booze is good, contrary to the wooden stills of Monterey’s Lost Spirits distillery.
Much heavier and much more perfumy than the other mezcals so far. Perfumy in a slightly cloyingly sweet way. Not unpleasant, but unexpected. A tad more mineral like too. There is a hint of peppermint coming through after that too, which is followed by a huge hit of licorice after a couple of minutes.
The palate is huge on the peppermint with just a hint of the thick agave syrup. It also has that dryness of peppermint too. Some alcohol and a peppery heat. Very different and interesting but a tad one dimensional.
The finish has big notes of agave. The peppermint is here too, and spearmint as well. It’s long and slightly less sweet.
I only find the smoke in this one when I actively think that I missed that. So, if it’s actually here or just suggestive is open for debate. The hints of peppermint are very surprising and, as said before, slightly overpowering and therefore making is a little one dimensional. Especially on the palate. The nose and finish have some other interesting notes and this is certainly not a drink without merit. It’s just not as complex as the other three.
Still, a worth bit of booze to have in my collection, but this is not one I’d quickly consider for purchasing a full bottle of. Contrary to all the others so far.
Having said that. If you’re already in to mezcal and want something that’s different from the others, this might just fill that void.