Review: Los Sieste Misterios Doba-Yej Mezcal / by Jason Hambrey

100% Doba-Yej Agave
Distiller Sieste Misterios (Santiago Matatlán, Mexico)

Mezcal is a very interesting spirit - it is made in Mexico from Agave, but has fewer restrictions than Tequila (Tequila is actually a subset of Mexcal). A big difference is that Mezcals can be quite smoky because the agave hearts are roasted in ovens before being fermented and distilled, supplying rich, smoky, vegetal notes. Mezcal quality is widely varied - some of them are absolutely terrible. This Mezcal is double distilled in a copper pot still.

Los Sieste makes mezcals from different agaves to highlight their differences. This is made from Doba-Yej Agave.

Review (2016)

  • Batch: Lot DBY 08/15; bottle 280/1213
  • Bottling Code: N/A
  • Bottling Date: ~2016

Creamy, with a sharp, slightly raw side to it. As often with mezcals, this has a bright, very creamy fruity side to it which really enhances complexity. Roasted malt, celery, roasted tomatos, durian (taste, not smell), roasted black pepper. Sweet and spicy on the palate, with celery seed, dry, crisp grass, and a compelling dryness.  Quite decent, and on the more affordable side of Mezcals that come through Ontario, but not as put together as many of the mezcals I encounter.

Score: 81/100

Value: 51/100 (based on $56)