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Review: Montelobos Mezcal Joven

Posted by Arctic Wolf on July 2, 2018

Montelobos Mezcal Joven is an artisanal mezcal made in Santiago Matatlán Oaxaca. The mezcal is crafted by Montelobos agave expert Iván Saldaña according to his vision and passion for agave and with respect for traditional production methods. Montelobos which means mountain of wolves is an unaged mezcal produced from 100 % organic Highland Espadin agave (sourced in Santiago Matalán Oaxaca). Espadin is a different variety in the agave family than what is used to make tequila (which uses the Blue Webber variety). This agave is prepared in the traditional way which includes fire pit roasting for 5 to 7 days, followed by crushing the roasted agave by a mule drawn stone tohona wheel, after which the released juice is allowed to ferment naturally. Then the distilled agave juice is distilled in small wood fire copper pots.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Montelobos Mezcal Joven

“… The ‘highland’ agave characteristic is apparent when I nose the glass as I notice similar zesty citrus and pepper notes which we commonly associate with Highland tequila. These peppery notes are somewhat milder than I was expecting allowing me to notice the more earthy agave which lies underneath. Grilled pineapple, and light notes of savory baked squash with hints lemon and rosemary seem to be implied …”

Please enjoy the review which includes two cocktail suggestions, the Montelobos Picador, and (in an homage to the 80’s rock group Red Rider) As Far As Cyan.

Chimo!

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