Community Favorites: Popular Mezcals

Curious what your fellow Distiller users love when it comes to mezcal? These are the most popular this week!
Mar 28, 2017
  • 10
    10 Mezcal El Silencio Espadín
    87
    3.77
    3 out of 5 stars
    ( 39 )
    Earthy
    This is the second release from El Silencio following up their Joven ensemble bottling. It is meant as more of an introductory bottling and is priced accordingly. Made from 100% espadín, this is distilled in San Baltazar Guelavila, Oaxaca and made by Master Mescalier Pedro Hernandez. It is produced traditionally with agaves roasted in a mesquite-lined pit and the agaves are crushed by a horse-drawn tahona. Natural fermentation is allowed and the mezcal is double-distilled in copper pot stills.
  • 9
    9 Mezcal El Silencio Joven
    89
    3.78
    3 out of 5 stars
    ( 10 )
    Herbal & Earthy
    The brand Mezcal El Silencio is named after the bar in the movie "Mulholland Drive." El Silencio Joven was released in Los Angeles in late summer of 2013. The Joven is a blend of three types of agave: mexicáno (aka rhodacantha), tobasiche (aka karwinskii), and espadín (angustifolia). It is a Oaxacan product made by Master Mezcalier Pedro Hernandez and is distilled in copper pot-stills. It is unaged and bottled at 80 proof.
  • 8
    8 Mezcal Amarás Cupreata
    90
    3.84
    3 out of 5 stars
    ( 17 )
    Herbal & Rich
    Released in the summer of 2015, this is a mezcal produced with 100% agave cupreata (aka papalote). The agaves are sourced from the slopes of the Sierra Madre del Sur mountain range and distilled in the village of Mazatlán in the state of Guerrero. Natural fermentation takes place in open pine vats and this is double-distilled in a copper pot-still. Unaged, this is bottled at 86 proof.
  • 7
    7 Creyente Mezcal Joven
    80
    3.75
    3 out of 5 stars
    ( 16 )
    Fruity
    Mezcal Creyente Joven is a blend of two mezcals from the Oaxaca, Mexico regions of Tlacolula and Yautepec made from espadín agave. The two mezcals are produced traditionally, but separately. Following the distillation process, the mezcals are blended together before bottling.
  • 6
    6 Mezcal Gracias a Dios Tepextate
    92
    4.19
    4 out of 5 stars
    ( 8 )
    Herbal & Spicy
    Tepextate is a wild maguey species cultivated for its spicy, herbal characteristics. Gracias a Dios is a mezcal made with traditional methods passed on through four generations, now led by mezcalero Oscar Hernández Santiago. The spirit is double-distilled and bottled without further barrel aging.
  • 5
    5 Ilegal Mezcal Añejo
    94
    4.32
    4 out of 5 stars
    ( 51 )
    Smoky & Rich
    Ilegal Mezcal started as a spirit that was smuggled from Mexico to Guatemala by John Rexer and shared among friends at a tiny bar called Café No Sé. Its (now perfectly legit) Añejo is a 100% agave mezcal. It is double-distilled from espadín agave and aged for 13 months in a combination of American and French oak. Each bottle is hand corked, labeled and numbered.
  • 4
    4 Rey Campero Jabalí Mezcal
    92
    3.96
    3 out of 5 stars
    ( 14 )
    Floral
    Jabalí is 100% agave Convallis harvested from craggy rocks and cliffs that is difficult to distill. The harvested agaves are roasted in earthen pits, stone ground, fermented with the aid of natural yeasts in wood casks and in a copper alembic still. Master Mezcalero Rómulo Sánchez Parada produces the Rey Campero line which is produced primarily of wild agaves harvested and distilled in Candelaria Yegolé, Oaxaca.
  • 3
    3 Mezcal Vago Ensamble en Barro
    84
    4.09
    4 out of 5 stars
    ( 19 )
    Mineral & Spicy
    In contrast to his single-variety mezcals, this special bottling is made from whichever plants are at their peak maturity, meaning that each successive batch will have a different varietal composition. For this batch, Tío Rey loaded up his trademark clay pot-still with Espadín (62%), Coyote (28%) and Mexicano (10%) agaves.
  • 2
    2 Bruxo No. 4 Ensamble Mezcal
    94
    4.19
    4 out of 5 stars
    ( 13 )
    Rich & Spicy
    "Ensamble" translates to English as "blend" or, literally, "assembly," but in mezcal terms it means "whatever was lying on the ground." In this case, it was espadín, barril and cuiche varietals of maguey. Each Bruxo is made in a different part of Oaxaca by a different mezcalero or maestro and this one is the work of Hero Rodriguez in the town of Las Salinas.
  • 1
    1 Sombra Mezcal
    90
    3.6
    3 out of 5 stars
    ( 55 )
    Rich & Smoky
    Sombra was created as a passion project of famed sommelier and wine negociant Richard Betts of Betts & Scholls. Created as a stance against the “Vodka-ization” of Agave spirits, this is meant to jump out in a cocktail. It is 100% espadín that are first grown in the villages of San Juan del Rio and San Juan before being uprooted and planted on the slopes of the Sierras in Oaxaca. After roasting for 2 days in a stone pit with an oak fire source, the agaves are crushed in a tahona (stone wheel) and then allowed to ferment naturally for 8 days.