Mezcales De Leyenda Durango

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With the summer heat I’ve been at some of my lighter spirits a bit more than my usual whisky. I’ve had this bottle for a while and have been sipping away on it here and there. It’s from Mezcales De Leyenda, a bottler who produces quite a few different types of mezcals with an emphasis on variety and sustainability.

This particular one is made from Agave Durangensis, a wild harvested species of agave. Their website provides quite a nicely detailed description of the distillation process:

The distillery in Durango, known as a vinata, is located in the town Nombre de Dios.

Water Source:  Natural spring water from the Sierra Madre Oriental
Roasting:  Roasted in a lava rock lined pit underground using oak, mesquite and acacia for 3 days
Fermentation:  Natural air borne yeasts in ground level cement tanks covered in oak for 3 days
Distillation: Copper still with an oak hat

Unaged, 47% ABV. 

Nose: Lychee, very distinct. Fresh paper money. Light chemical smoke. Diesel. CS gas. Green Tabasco sauce. Fine black pepper. Synthetic rubber.

Palate: Sweet and smokey. Fresh green peppers. Wet cardboard. More CS gas. Bit of dry citrus. Honey like sweetness.

Finish: Long. Quite dry but a lingering white wine like sweetness. Rubber. Fresh olives.

Would I buy this: Yes

Would I order this in a bar: Yes

Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes

VFM: 3/5

This was a bit lighter and fruitier than the other mezcals I’ve tried (all from Del Maguey). It still had that chemical, smoky character to it that mezcal is known for though.  What was interesting was the profound differences here between nose and palate, with the nose being mainly fruit forward and the palate delivering smoke and capsicum. It’s a very interesting drink and great for when you want something smoky, but light.

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