Mezcalistas
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Mezcalistas

The true Mexican spirit


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This Box contains 50ml samples of:

Viva Mexico, viva Agave, viva Mezcal!

Forget the worm, forget all that "Tequila’s smoky cousin" crap. Real Mezcal is smoky but infinitely more complex with flavors that span fruity, mineral, vegetal, and more. The best Mezcals reflect their maker’s distinct philosophies and the terroir that produced them - in cooperation with our friends from Mezcalistas, we have selected some really distinct bottles to get you started - and they’re guaranteed to get all those silly ideas about worms, smoke, and Mexican stereotypes out of your head because these are true sippers to rival any Spirit in the world. 

 
Mezcal can be made from a variety of agavesat least more than 20, but the majority of Mezcal is made from one type of agave, the noble Espadín, aka Agave angustifolia. Espadín means sword in Spanish and the name is used advisedly because those Espadín agaves used to make this Mezcal, look exactly like a plant with a ton of swords protruding from them. 
 
Espadín is the most sustainably cultivated agave now grown in Mexico because it grows well in a variety of conditions and is ready for harvest faster than any others. That means that you can drink it with a pretty safe conscience. That and the fact that we have selected exceptionally sustainably produced Mezcals for your tasting pleasure. Many mezcaleros prefer to use Espadín, because they know it’s sustainably farmed and because it’s such a fun raw material to work with: They get to coax the nuances of terroir from the plant just like a fine Wine. Remember that famous line from "Sideways?" "If anyone orders Merlot, I’m leaving, I am NOT drinking any fucking Merlot!" May we remind you that the humble Merlot grape is the heart of Bordeaux Wines? 
 
We have selected this three Espadín Mezcal exactly because they are so distinct and express the diverse distilling philosophies of their maestros mezcaleros, the master distillers who made them and will give you the full spectrum tasting experience. All three are expressions of the incredible diversity of Mezcal in general so definitely sip and compare them. 
 
If you want to taste these Mezcals like they do in Oaxaca then cut an orange into fine slices and dust it with some salt. You can sip a Mezcal then suck on the salty, sweet, citrus, umami of that orange / sal de gusano mix and really stimulate your taste buds! 
 
Enjoy your tasting, we’ll be there with you in spirit! Remember the famous saying about Mezcal "Para todo mal, Mezcal, y para todo bientambien." And if you really want atmosphere play Lila Downs’ "La Cumbia del Mole!" 
 
Salud! 

Smartass Corner:
 
1) Did you know that when you harvest an agave plant you kill it? Yes, that’s right, the Espadíns that went into these bottles were raised for a minimum of six years, most of them closer to ten years, and then killed when they were harvested. Now their replacements are growing in the fields of Oaxaca. 

2) In Oaxaca Mezcal is usually accompanied by orange slices and sal de gusano which translates as worm salt. It’s a mixture of dried up worms (actually a moth larvae but do you really care?), chiles, and salt. It’s the perfect mix of salty, sweet, acid, savory, and spice - a great pairing for your Mezcal. 

3) That worm in the bottle - it’s just a marketing gimmick. Really, someone created it after the Second World War to market Mezcal and it took off a way to test the mettle of spring breakers ever after. It has no hallucinogenic effects, it just changes the flavor of the Mezcal bottle, making it more savory and woody. A few people still add worms and other insects to Mezcal bottles because it’s become a tradition of its own but most Mezcal makers don’t because they want to preserve the full flavor of the Mezcal. 
 
4) While Mezcal is produced across Mexico most of the Mezcal we see is produced in the state of Oaxaca. And, over 70% of Mezcal is made from the Espadín agave even if more than 20 agave types are used to make Mezcal. 

5) Did you know that the Mescalero Band of Apaches in New Mexico has that name because they cultivated the agave, also known as the mescal plant locally? Recent archeological findings show that this tribe grew huge fields of agave plants and used them for food. 

6) In Mexico the words maguey and agave are synonymous, different words for the same plant. But maguey is a word derived from native languages while Agave was the name of Cadmus’s daughter in Ancient Greek mythology. 

7) The Espadín agaves have that name not only because they look like protruding swords. The plant is just as dangerous as their metal counterparts - when cut, they bleed a sap that causes rashes in humans! Which is to say, that nice agave that you see harvested for your excellent Mezcal is nice to drink only!
 

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Ratings & Reviews
Member Reviews and Ratings of Mezcalistas
Daniel
Daniel,
Yuck. Stick to tequila
 
Matthew
Matthew,
1st one (Rey Campero) was smokey like an ashtray and unpalatable, even with juice and squirt soda. The second one (Alipus) was sweeter but the word okay, best explains it, not dogshit like the Rey. The third (Vago) was lighter smoked and smoother. I would be willing to try it again for a better taste. I drank this one just on ice.
 
Christopher
Christopher,
While done well, my wife and I agreed that none of the Mezcals in the tasting box are drinkable to our tastes.
 
Mike
Mike,
A wonderful collection of the world’s ultimate artisanal spirit. If you are new to the world of Mezcal this might be a bit too much for you. Mezcal is an extremely complex spirit and for some palettes will only be bottom lined to “smokey.” There is so much more to taste and love about this world class agave spirit. Experienced mezcal drinkers ¡salud!
 
Antti
Antti,
A classic selection of Mezcals!
 
Charles
Charles,
I usually favor whisk(e)ys and rums. Since I had never tried mezcal, I decided to give this box a try. I quickly found out that there was nothing here for me. The flavors tended to be sharp and harsh and the mouthfeel fairly astringent with no redeeming qualities that I could find. The Rey Campero had the most smokiness, but even this was not a pleasant smoke.
 
Kimberly
Kimberly,
I would definatly NOT recommend this one. The first one we tried, the Rey, smelled like burning tires to me. It tasted slight better than the smell, but licking an ashtray doesn't appeal to me. Even with adding grapefruit juice didn't help. The second one, Alipus, smelled a bit better, but it twas still too smoky for me. The added GF juice only made it slightly more palatable. The Mezcal Vago had a much milder smell and taste. The GF juice helped it tremendously. It was drinkable for me with the juice. I prefer to drink a good tequila straight, with a tough of lime. These were not the ones for me. Oh well... always next time!
 
Kerry
Kerry,
The trio box I got was not worth a repeat, hot and rancid, I will NOT repeat it
 
Rusty
Rusty,
Loved the Rey Campero
 
Clinton
Clinton,
I really enjoyed this box. My 2 sons and I sampled this and we all had a different favorite. Mine was the Alipus. Will definitely be getting these for my home bar.
 
Dee
Dee,
Loved the mezcal tasting. The Rey Campero is my favorite so far. I would love to get a bottle of this, but think I'll keep tasting to find a better one.
 
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