Corte Vetusto Mesquite Smoked Mezcal

Corte Vetusto Mesquite Smoked Mezcal

This amazing Mezcal is made from mature Espadin (Agave Angustifolia). It is unaged (Joven) and cooked in a conical earth oven with mesquite wood for 4 days. Milled with a volcanic Tahona and then naturally fermented. Double distilled in small 250L copper pot stills to proof in small batches.

Mezcal is the oldest distilled spirit in the Americas, dating back some 500 years. The word mezcal comes from the Náhuatl words metl (maguey / agave) and ixcalli (cooked) and is the term used for any distilled spirit made from agave.

Tequila, therefore, is a mezcal. In fact, it was first known as Vino de mezcal de Tequila (wine of mezcal from Tequila). However, tequila can only be made from Agave Tequilana Weber (Blue Agave). By contrast, mezcal can be made from between 35-40 agave species, giving it far greater breadth and variety of flavour.

Mezcal has been, and continues to be, made across Mexico, but there are currently 9 States (Oaxaca, Guerrero, Puebla, Michoacan, Guanajuato, San Luis Potosi, Zacatecas, Durango, Tamauilipas) within the official DO, established in 1995. Only they can legally call their agave distillate mezcal.

On the nose it is earthy and subtly meaty smoke, with a prickle of black pepper and cooked sweet peppers. On the palate it is subtly creamy at points, with robust wafts of smoke maintaining dominance of the palate. Finishing with flinty minerals, and a touch of vegetal oak.

Country: Oaxaca, Mexico
Bottle Size: 70cl
Style: Mezcal
ABV: 43.4%
Bottle Price: £62.50

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