Don Amado Arroqueño Mezcal (750ml)

SKU #1265305 90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Savory and herbaceous, look for bold cracked pepper, roasted jalapeño and honey on the nose and palate, finishing with mouthwatering salinity and a menthol-like exhale.  (9/2017)

K&L Notes

Originally established in 1700, the distillery that produces Don Amado is renown throughout the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca as one of the finest producers of premium mezcal. The distillery uses only estate-grown agave to ensure the plant's high sugar levels, and mixes steam into the agave's smoke roasting to smooth out the mezcal's characteristically smoky flavor. The arroqueño plants are gathered, roasted, and distilled in ceramic and bamboo pot stills, resulting in a slightly smoky and earthy distillate. The aromas are incredibly complex, almost meaty, but the distillate is 100% pure grace; a long and meandering road of picante spice, pepper, and chili. There are few mezcales on the market with this level of depth for under $100.

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Staff Image By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/10/2016 | Send Email
This was my absolute favorite of the three Don Amado Mezcals that came in recently. Utilizing wild Agave, this Mezcal shows off how complex (and delicious) this spirit can be. An almost sweet-tart candied fruit nose leads to a clean and complex body of fruit with notes of chili and pepper. There is a lot going on in this Mezcal and it leaves the palate with a long, lingering finish. Although there is heat at the end, it is the pleasant warmth of a drink that begs for another sip.

Staff Image By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/8/2016 | Send Email
The smoke aromas in this Mezcal are a pleasure to smell because they do not dominate but are pretty and balanced. In the mouth this exceptional Mezcal is round with citrus, mineral and herbal nuances. It is very complex, soft and a unique Mezcal.

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Alcohol Content (%): 46