Ven A Mi Mezcal represents the first in a line of Mezcal brands produced by the Milagrito company. From the same people behind the Ven A Mi Mezcales come this partnership of two spirits. Both spirits are produced from Agave of the Espadin variety that are harvested at between 7-10yrs of age. The pinas are roasted in an earth oven before being crushed by a horse-drawn mill and the liquid transferred to wooden vats for the fermentation to commence. This is followed by double copper-still distillation. The brand maintains that the spirits are the same except for the 54.8% abv version being bottled at the same proof that the liquid comes off the still whereas it’s lighter sibling has been watered down to bottling strength.
This Mezcal offers a somewhat unrefined bouquet with hints of marmite, turpentine, red grapefruit zest, and wood polish. The smoke is moderately dry in nature and sits in balance with the rest of the aromas. It turns out that this Mezcal has kept all the good stuff for the palate. Whilst the bouquet is interesting, it gives no hint at the huge flavour that greets the tongue. A sweet salty entrance progresses to a slightly tangy mid-palate with plenty of caramel and vanilla. It has the mouthfeel of caramel as well, and this is a real strength of this Mezcal. The smoke is in exquisite balance with the rest of the flavours, and feels so well integrated it is as though it was the flavour of the agave itself. The lingering finish loses nothing of the bold flavours and even offers a bit of spice, earth and barbecued banana to ensure there is a surprise around every corner.