Tequila Tasting Flight

1. Del Maguey Vida

Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal, pronounced ma-gay, is a standout spirit with an ABV of 42%. Founded in 1995 by the visionary Ron Cooper, this artisanal Mezcal introduces the world to the authentic flavors of Oaxaca, Mexico, produced using ancient organic methods by Zapotec Mexican Indian producers. Each batch is handcrafted by individual family palenqueros in traditional villages, giving every bottle a unique character influenced by the micro-climates and terroir of its origin. This Mezcal is renowned for its rich, sweet, and smoky profile. An interesting fact: Del Maguey is the first producer to credit their spirits by the village where they are made. Now part of the Pernod Ricard portfolio, which includes Jameson Whiskey and Absolute Vodka, Del Maguey continues to honor its artisanal roots while reaching a broader audience.

2. Enmascarado 45

The Enmascarado, or 'Masked Hero,' is a distinguished Silver Mezcal with an ABV of 45%, aged approximately 7-9 years. Crafted from organic agave plants baked in an underground oven, this Mezcal undergoes double distillation in copper pot stills, resulting in a spirit bursting with vibrant citrus notes, complemented by smoky charcoal and salted toffee. On the palate, expect a complex interplay of apple wood smoke, lime juice, salt crystals, salted caramel, and lime zest. Enmascarado Mezcal is part of Mezcales Milagrito, a renowned restaurant and spirits group based in Mexico City, dedicated to preserving Mexican distilling traditions that span hundreds of years. Since 2005, their mission to honor mezcal and Mexican culture continues through their upscale eateries and premium mezcal brands.

3. Brij3

Brije Espadin Mezcal, with an ABV of 43%, is a celebrated spirit that won Double Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2022. Each bottle is hand-painted by regional artists from San Martín Tilcajete, making every bottle unique. Crafted by Master Mezcalero Octavio Jiménez Méndez, this Mezcal embraces the customs and traditions of Oaxaca. It boasts aromas of freshly cut grass, chlorophyll, and citrus fruits like lemon and lime, with smoked and toasted notes. On the palate, it is youthful and strong, with balanced acidity, offering a long finish with a pleasant balance of smoke and a fresh lingering herbaceous quality. Known as "the place where the Alebrijes are born," San Martín Tilcajete artisans infuse each bottle with cultural significance, making Brije Espadin a true testament to the region's heritage.


4. Montelobos
Montelobos Joven Mezcal, with an ABV of 43.2%, is a meticulously crafted artisanal Mezcal produced in Santiago Matatlán using 100% organically certified agave Espadín. Created by biologist and distiller Iván Saldaña and mezcalero Don Abel Lopez, this Mezcal embodies Saldaña’s passion for agave and commitment to traditional production methods, sustainability, and improving the quality of life in mezcal-producing communities. Montelobos stands out for its complex flavor profile, blending smoky, earthy, and slightly sweet notes. Founded by Saldaña, who has a background in molecular plant biology, Montelobos collaborates with mezcal-producing families in Oaxaca and Puebla. The brand is not only popular within Mexico but is also exported globally. An interesting fact: Montelobos Mezcal is dedicated to sustainability and has pledged never to use wild agaves in its production. In October 2019, the Campari Group acquired a controlling stake in Montelobos for $35.7 million USD, underscoring its significance in the international spirits market.