Mayalen Agua de Juventud Wild Cupreata Mezcal
Mayalen // Guerrero , Mexico
"Agua de Juventud" means "water of youth," describing the mountain spring water used in Mayalen's mezcal production. The wild cupreata (a.k.a. papalote) agave is grown and produced in the state of Guerrero, at a higher elevation than in Oaxaca to its south. Using traditional methods controlled from field to bottle, this expression is bottled without aging at 46 - 52%.
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.
"This expression is fairly similar to the Guerrero bottle, with a touch more tangerine in its citrus flavors and sweeter herbal notes (such as spearmint) along with the savory, grassy ones. The mid palate enjoys a respite of vanilla and milk chocolate, though it still has quite the peppery kick. At high strength it delivers a bit of a burn going down."