Mezcalero "Los Nahuales" Special Edition Sierrudo-Cuishe Mezcal (750ml)

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If you've ever been curious about mezcal and you've wanted to branch out from your normal spirits enjoyment, we think we've found the perfect segue into the Oaxacan world of agave. This special edition collaboration mezcal we've helped source from Los Danzantes not only showcases all of the incredible flavor and diversity of tequila's cousin to the south, it also brings together a number of other interesting factors that add to the experience. While much of what's generally available on the market is distilled from cultivated espadin agave, our special edition consists of 58.5% sierrudo agave and 41.5% cuishe, a wild species that must be sourced and foraged by hand. The pinas were co-fermented and distilled by Karina Abad Rojas, not only one of the most talented distillers in the business, but also one of the few female distillers we've ever met south of the border. Her fingerprints are all over this complex and calculated spirit. The nose has all the candied citrus and tanginess of a Highland tequila, but below the surface are notes of smoke and roasted agave pulp. The flavors on the palate are bright and high-toned, there's a kiss of sweet fruit, but the spice is never punchy or overly-intense. The floral notes from the cuishe agave flutter delicately against another round of smoke and accents of spice all the way to the finish. For those interested in mezcal's top shelf, look no further. This is the perfect starting point into mezcal's high-end complexity and flavor.

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Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/22/2015 | Send Email
I'm so thrilled that we got this done. I'm a huge admirer of both Los Danzantes (known in the U.S. as Los Nahuales due to copyright reasons) and their distiller Karina Abad Rojas. This mezcal is so elegant and graceful (dare I say, distilled with a feminine touch?) and it's so perfect for those who want to experience the depth of flavor mezcal offers without all the smoke. There are some smoky flavors in this special edition expression, but they serve only to accent and highlight the citrus and spice flavors inherent in the two species of agave used. This is crossover mezcal of the highest order. It's what tequila drinkers need to try to be finally swayed. Trust me, you're going to be really impressed.

Staff Image By: Julio Santos | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/22/2015 | Send Email
I thought this was absolutely delicious, and I'm not someone who generally likes mezcal. I do love tequila though, and this mezcal was perfect for me in that it didn't have too much smoke. The flavors were complex and interesting, however, in a way that I had yet to experience. It was an eye-opening tasting to say the least.

Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/22/2015 | Send Email
When our spirits buyer, David Driscoll, returned from Mexico last May, it was as if he had had a religious conversion, a “Saint Paul on the road to Oaxaca” moment. Mezcal was his new god, and Karina Abad Rojas, the head of production for Los Danzantes, his High Priestess. David was as excited as only David can be, and within a few days of his return he had the staff here in Redwood City in a similar state, thrilled to be able to sell the Los Danzantes and Alipus mezcals, and ready to become evangelists for this remarkable agave spirit. How typical of David not to mention that there was something even better on the way, a mezcal handcrafted by none other than Karina Abad Rojas herself, a remarkable expression of her intense passion for, and deep knowledge of, the agave grown in and around her home state of Oaxaca. The Mezcalero Los Nahuales Special Edition Sierrudo-Cuishe Mezcal, a co-fermented blend of the massive and slow-growing Sierrudo and wild Cuishe agaves is an agave spirit of astonishing subtlety and refinement. I lingered long over complex notes of cedar smoke, fleur de sel, and candied lemon peel. It was nothing short of a revelation, and the most exciting thing to come out of Mexico since Salma Hayek. This is a mezcal that is going to win over not only tequila aficionados, but gin drinkers as well. And if you are already a mezcal fan, well, make a little room on your bar for this little miracle. It would be a sin not to.

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