We often get asked how certain spirits will perform in the D&L Whisky Glass, and the truth is if it's a high proof quality product it should be pretty good. So when we were approached by an Australian based purveyor of high end Mexican spirits to see how some of the world’s best mezcal would go in the glass we were only too keen to give it a crack. I’m a huge fan of Mexican food (2nd only to Japanese… maybe). Tacos, burritos, and Mexican chilli are all staples on the weekly menu at home. In an effort for authenticity it’s easy to grab a Mexican beer to complement the fresh and spicy food; however pairing with a smoky mezcal is something I’d never tried before.
Process is always a big focus of D&L, and the process of producing mezcal is just as interesting as the production of whisky. Mezcal is distilled from an agave plant native to Mexico in a similar fashion to the production of tequila. In the production of mezcal however the agave hearts are baked in earth covered pit fires for multiple days. It’s this part of the process that gives mezcal its unique smoky flavour. The parallels with the production of peated whisky are obvious. The cooked agave is then crushed, combined with water, and then fermented.
We were able to sample two products back to back; the Mezcal Eterno (black bottle), and the Mezcal Los Danzantes (clear bottle). Starting with the Eterno the first thing that catches the eye is the stunning presentation of the black packaging, regardless of taste it certainly looks like it’s going to be a premium spirit. Surprisingly the liquid inside was perfectly clear unlike the more familiar (to whisky lovers) brown spirit of the Los Danzantes.
I'm in no way experienced in tasting mezcal but the two had similarities, but also very unique characters. The Eterno is clear, smooth and smoky, whereas the Los Danzantes is richer but with more raw and vegetative flavours. I was very impressed with both, each having significantly more mature and smoky flavours than expected.
Mezcal Los Danzantes
Like whisky I found the best way to drink it was straight up (and of course in the D&L Whisky Glass), I probably wouldn’t say no to a touch of ice in the summer however. I would definitely recommend Mezcal as an authentic touch to round out a delicious Mexican meal with friends. So give it a try with your next lot of tacos and let us know what you think. LF