A while ago I did a second Mezcal bottle-share of which I haven’t reviewed yet. It’s about high I did, since I have been sipping from them and I don’t want them to get emptied before I wrote tasting notes.
The second bottle-share of Mezcal consisted of three mezcals from Mezcales de Leyenda, one Marca Negra and the white bottle mezcal from Alacrán. The last one was a bit of a surprise since I ordered a second version of the Marca Negra but the shop had wrong info on their website. More on that later, if I remember to write about that when the time comes.
Anyway, Mezcales de Leyenda. I really wanted to do these since they’re single agave mezcals. What that means is that, contrary to 90% of the mezcals out there, they’re not made of Espadin agave. The three editions I was able to get are made of Agave Angustifolia (Carribean Agave), Agave Cupreata and Agave Duranguensis. An added cool-factor is that all three of these agaves are harvested from the wild.
Mezcal Nauyaca, 100% wild agave Cupreata, 42%, Guerrero, Mexico
On the nose this mezcal is fairly heavy and earthy. I also get flint, smoke and a light scent of agave. Some lime and quite a mineral like scents too. The palate is tingling, but gentle. A bit of a margarita thing going on here. Slightly salty, lime, agave. Earthy too, with a full syrupy sweetness. Lemon oil, that greasy thing. The finish has more smoke, more agave and is full and rich. After that it gets more mineral-y and earthy, and a tad more spicy.
Mezcal Tlucuache, 100% wild agave Angustifolia, 42%, Oaxaca, Mexico
This one is much more fruity and sweet on the nose. Papaya and mango. Slightly smoky with agave and cactus. Also some minerals, but less than the previous one. A bit more flat on the nose. The palate is dry and sharper. Some pepper, sweetness and fruit. Hotter on the tongue but also more warming with very gentle agave flavors. The finish is dry, spicy, hot and less fruity. More smoke, earthy and minerals.
Mezcal Murciélago, 100% wild agave Duranguensis, 47%, Durango, Mexico
The third mezcal has a lot more agave scent on the nose. Some citrus fruit too with a much lighter smoke. Again, slightly more flat on the nose, but again that mineral scent, but no earthiness here. The palate is peppery with red peppercorns, a tad fatty, sweet agave and very dry compared to the rest. Not so light as on the nose. The finish then is dry and warming and sweet. Roasted agave and earthy.
I find it very cool that there is so much variation in mezcal. Maybe not the same as in whisky, but enough to be hugely entertaining and utterly interesting. The three of these are great and very drinkable, with quite enough differences to buy all three of them.
The first has a bit more focus on the minerals and earthy flavors than the second, and the third is a bit of a mix of the others. That also makes the last one a tad inconsistent, and therefore it’s not my favorite of the bunch. However, if you’re looking to buy just one, this one is the more variable one.
The first two are equal in quality from my point of view. Quite different, but I love both the earthy, weighty flavor of the first, and the big fruitiness of the second.
A minor footnote: Of course the agave type makes quite the difference in how the mezcal tastes. This has now been proven. On the other hand, since these mezcals come from three different areas in Mexico there’s also the terroir that makes a difference. The ares from which Agave is harvested has a lot of different climates, altitudes and all kinds of other variables. This has been proven by all the Del Maguey stuff, since that also comes from different areas, but is almost all Espadin Agave.
So, the first 60% of the second Mezcal bottle-share is hugely successful from my perspective. I’ve got a bit of delicious remaining mezcal and got inspired to do this again later this year. The only problem is sourcing enough affordable mezcal since the UK has huge availability but is expensive (even more so with the current exchange rates).
So, to be continued!
Oh, and all three those mezcals are available at Slijterij Leiden and vary per bottle from € 39.95 to € 45.95.