Mezcal is a unique, ancient, and quite amazing spirit that has yet to break through to the mainstream. You could say it’s a relative of Tequila, because both use agave, but that’s where the similarities end. Mezcal is best described by the term it is derived from, “oven-cooked agave”, a process that gives this spirit it’s unique qualities. Espadin Marca Negra Mezcal is a great place to start, especially if you enjoy the smoky qualities found in scotch. Marca Negra (Black Hand) might be one of the smokiest Mezcal’s around actually.
Clear in colour. The bouquet shows a hefty dose of smoke with mint and tobacco leaf. Heavy smoke flavor with an unusual almost soap bubble-like undertone. Incredibly intense and unique. After several sips, bright spice notes come through along with an unexpected lemon citrus tinge. Burnt cigar and bitter tobacco leaf linger for a long time. There’s also a very dry and tannic quality that stays in the back of the throat on the finish.
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