Mezcal Marca Negra Arroqueño
Mezcal Marca Negra // Oaxaca, Mexico
Arroqueño agave can take over 20 years to mature, giving this mezcal an extra special character. Marca Negra Mezcal produces this in limited quantities by the traditional methods led by Master Mezcalero Alberto Ortiz. The agave is hand-picked at ripeness in Santa Maria La Pila, Oaxaca, the hearts are then cooked in earthen pit ovens with mesquite-heated stones. It is then crushed by a large stone wheel, the tahona, and put to ferment with spring water in wooden vats. Fermentation occurs naturally through wild airborne yeasts and takes weeks to complete. It is then twice distilled to proof in a copper pot-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.
"Starts with an interesting aroma of juicy fruit gum and roasted pineapple with dry hay and a very subtle smoked quality. The aromas continue with lots of green bell pepper, mushroom, granite, and cooked sweet potato. On the palate the experience is more familiar with smoke, bell pepper, cooked pineapple and a good amount of heat with some dried fruit to round things out; quite complex and unique. Long finish is sweet, smoked agave and very enjoyable. "