A while back we did a tasting evening here with the local spirits community where we tried a some of the offerings from Del Maguey a bottler of Mezcals. Del Maguey bottle quality Mezcals from individual villages and focus on how the various types of agave and production methods used can lead to very different flavours.
One we didn’t try is their base offering, Vida, produced in San Luis del Rio. Del Maguey provide an awesome amount of information about each of their bottlings, and the details for this one can be found here.
Unaged. 42% ABV. Produced from Espadin maguey.
Nose: Artificial rubber. Chemical smoke. Carbolic soap. Green banana. Slight green herbal note. Limes. Brown sugar. Chalk dust.
Palate: Charred wood. Charred citrus. Agave syrup. Chemical smoke. Rubber. Salt.
Finish: Medium. Lots of rubber. Some rich but bitter citrus fruits. Char. Sweet syrupy note.
Would I buy this: Yes
Would I order this in a bar: Yes
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes
I liked this, I liked it a whole bunch. It was a bit more gentle and balanced than the bottles we tried at the Del Maguey tasting, and for me it worked in the spirit’s favour. I love the really harsh, chemical notes on heavily peated Islay whiskies and this kind of hits the same spot for me. I know it might be a little confusing that I call this gentle and then talk about the harsh notes, but that’s how it works for me. An impressive amount of complexity for a white spirit without any infusion. Very very interesting drink.