Strength: 40% ABV (80 proof). Type of Agave: 90% Espadin, 10% Cirial. Region: Mexico> Oaxaca> San Baltazar.
Description: Mezcal Union is produced and distilled in San Baltazar, in the state of Oaxaca. Families that form part of the Union of Mezcal have more than three generations producing mezcal as their main craft. Palenques are the distilleries where these families produce their artisanal mezcal. Archipielago is a company devoted to bringing together several Palenques and the families that distill mezcal to make Mezcal Union.
Mezcal Unión "Uno" uses farm-grown maguey Espadin and wild maguey Cirial. This agave is cut and roasted for four days. This Mezcal shows bright aromas of roasted agave, banana, and sweet peppercorn. On the palate, nice smooth entry with a sweet and spicy character upfront. Layer of wood smoke and clay mineral tone. Very nice balanced Mezcal for sipping or cocktails.
MEZCAL DEFINITION: A distilate made from the charred hearts of the Agave desert plant. The big difference in flavor profile between Tequila and Mezcal—beyond factors like aging, yeast, and the agave varietal(s) used—is that in mezcal, agave hearts are charred, deeply roasted in pits called “palenques,” which impart a smokiness to the flavor spectrum. Tequila is, by law, the product of just the Blue Weber varietal, while Mezcal can be made from upwards of 30 kinds of Agave—though the majority is made with the Espadin varietal.