Mezcal Jaral de Berrio
Hacienda Jaral de Berrio // Guanajuato , Mexico
Though mezcal is most associated with the state of Oaxaca, it is also a protected designation in 7 other states. Jaral de Berrio hails from the borough of San Felipe Torres Mochas in Guanajuato, where the Salmiana (the word for "plant") agave for this mezcal grows. It's named for the Marquis of Jaral de Berrio, who was granted permission from the King of Spain to allow the distillation of the first mezcal in the late 18th century in what was then "New Spain" at the family Hacienda, now one of the top tourist attractions in the area. Jaral de Berrio mezcal is produced using traditional methods - clay oven, manual crushing, copper pot distillation, etc. - and is bottled unaged off the still.
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.
"There is an unusual roasted peanut flavor to this mezcal that truly sets it apart. The nuttiness fades into creamy vanilla, stewed agave, tropical fruits (banana, pineapple, mango) and just a hint of bitter grapefruit rind. Only a trace of smoke is evident in the finish, which goes down clean and smooth. "