Alacrán Joven Mezcal
Auténtico Alacrán // Oaxaca, Mexico
This silver mezcal from Auténtico Alacrán (Spanish for "authentic scorpion") is distilled from 100% agave espadin. It's produced by Master Distiller Don Lucio Morales at Integradora Comercial Ejutla S.A. de C.V. (NOM O96X) in San Dionisio, Oaxaca. The flask-shaped bottle is frosted; the spirit within is made from agaves cooked in earthen pits, crushed with a tahona wheel and double-distilled in copper pot stills.
Mezcal JovenA spirit distilled from one or more different varieties of agave. Can only be produced in designated areas within 8 different Mexican states. Must be bottled in México. This is unaged or aged in stainless steel or plastic containers before bottling.
"The Scorpion announces its presence warily with some smoke, hints of cured meat and whiffs of tobacco, encouraging one to approach. On the palate, sensations become sharper: a bite of woody smoke, amplified by dried citrus peel and Mexican oregano. Having done its deed, the stinger withdraws to allow for a banked-heat finish that is unexpectedly (and deceptively) pretty."