Mezcal Marqués Plata
Hacienda Jaral de Berrio // Guanajuato, Mexico
Distillate has been produced at Hacienda Jaral de Berrio since the late 18th century, when its Marquis was granted permission from the King of Spain to distill there in what was then "New Spain." Today, this tourist attraction in the borough of San Felipe Torres Mochas in Guanajuato is part of one of 8 states in the mezcal designation of origin. Here the Salmiana agave species is king, harvested at around 8 years and produced in traditional, conic stone ovens, crushed by tahona and distilled in alembic stills. The plata is bottled unaged.
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.
"For an unaged mezcal, this one is unusually rich and viscous. It tastes of white grape juice with a nutty undercurrent, almost like the flavors of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. However, there is a good, peppery spice kick to it as it fades into the finish, which leaves off in only the faintest puff of smoke. "