Yuu Baal Madrecuixe Mezcal (750ml)
Yuu Baal is one of the best new mezcal labels we've seen from Oaxaca in the last few years, originating from the town of San Juan del Rio--one of the region's most well-regarded distillation centers. The brand (which translates to "earth" and "fire" in Zapotec) also incorporates spriits from San Luis del Rio, Santa Ana del Rio, and Santo Domingo Albarradas in what has immediately become one of the most diverse and high-quality line ups we carry. Madrecuixe is one of the most coveted and complex of the mezcal wild agaves and the immediate aromas from the Yuu Baal expression showcase exactly why. Nosing the spirit, there are distinct and potent earthy elements at play, intermingled with an ethereal smoky note that smells like a fire pit after it's been doused with water. The balance between those elements on the palate is a spectacle to behold, as the flavors meander from vegetal, to sweet agave fruit, to subtle spice, and then back to plant matter and earth. This is truly a mezcal expression for those who seek out the most potent of agave flavors.