Yuu Baal Tepeztate Mezcal (750ml) (Previously $120)
Almost evoking a forest fire, this intense, intriguing mezcal melds fruit and smoke aromas with a rounded, pine-like flavor and a touch of honeyed agave nectar. Serve it with a lick of salt or a salty, savory appetizer for best effect. (KN)
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 spirits 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. Yuu Baal's wild tepeztate expression is perhaps one of the most polished top shelf mezcals we've ever tasted, perfectly balancing the line between classic agave spirit flavor and more exotic notes of earth, spice, and savory. There's a seamless note of black pepper, roasted agave, scorched earth, and sweet agave perfume all the way from front to back. Those searching for elegance, look no further.