A simply stunning 100% agave añejo from Carlos Camarena of the La Altena distillery. This Excelencia Gran Reserva Extra Anejo from Tapatio shows an incredibly peppery agave character, with buttery grilled veg and a spicy kick. A simply stunning Tequila.
Bozal Borrego is a limited release. This mezcal is made with wild agave Castilla, which is a close relative to agave Espadin. Similar to a Pechuga, during the second distillation, a leg of lamb, in addition to seasonal wild fruits and grains harvested from the local market, are suspended inside the bottom of the still in a basket. These wild fruits include strawberries, apples and pineapple, while additional ingredients consist of pecans and ginger. This mezcal is heavily viscous. It is fruity, but balanced with notes of citrus and finish of smoked lamb.
Cimarron is a tequila made by Enrique Fonseca, who is best known as a maker of some very expensive products including Fuenteseca, Artenom 1146, Don Fulano, and Tres, Cuatro y Cinco. The single-estate agave used in all of these products, including Cimarron, is sourced from his own farm, which is another reason why it remains affordable during the current agave shortage, where the price of agave is near an all-time high.
Código 1530 Rosa begins with the purity of the Blanco, which is then
gently rested for 1 month in uncharred, French White Oak barrels,
which have held the best cabernet wine in Napa Valley. The result is a
refined spirit that is as beautiful in color as it is on the palate. It is
delicious when sipped on its own or enjoyed in a cocktail. The Rosa has
rested just long enough in our fine cabernet barrels to enrich the natural agave
juice, yet not too long to prevent overpowering its delicate floral notes.
Código 1530 Rosa is best enjoyed on ice, in a Rosa Martini or in a fresh Rosa Margarita.
Del Maguey single-village mezcals are very rare and highly sought-after, having picked up the title of World's Best Mezcal at the World Spirits Competition every year from 1999-2002. This bottle of Chichicapa was made in the village of the same name, and scored a hugely impressive 94 points from WIne Enthusiast.