Cráneo Organic Mezcal
123 Spirits // Oaxaca, Mexico
Released in late 2016, this is a 100% certified organic mezcal released by the 123 Spirits Company. David Ravindi, founder of 123 Spirits, collaborated with master mezcaleros to produce this single village mezcal bottling. It is traditionally produced using pit-ovens and tahonas to cook and crush the piñas respectively. The label, which is printed on recycled paper using soy-ink depicts the Aztec goddess, Mictecacihuatl [meek-teka-see-wahdl], guardian of the bones.
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.
"A mixture of sweet, roasted agave and smoke greet you on the nose. The roasted quality continues with further trips to the glass with the aromas leading to roast vegetables and ancho chilies. The mezcal is round and soft on the palate with the savory quality continuing on the finish. The finish is tart and gently smoky. One to sip and savor rather than mix."