Review: Mezcales de Leyenda Oaxaca / by Jason Hambrey

100% Augustfolia Agave
Distiller N/A (San Juan del Rio, Mexico)

This is one of the most easily available Mezcals in Ontario, and a higher quality one of those available. This bottle is actually what attracted me to Mezcal / not only on its own but also as a fantastic mixer.

This is produced by the Mezcales de Leyenda brand, who produce different mezcals from different areas of Mexico to highlight the characteristics of each. This comes from Oaxaca, from San Juan del Rio where the mezcal is both distilled and where the agave to produce the mezcal is grown. It is made from 100% Espadin agave, after being cooked 3 days in a lava rock pit, being crushed by a horse drawn stone tahona, and being fermented in open air fermenters for 72 hours. Double distilled, certified organic and fair trade. Good stuff!

Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2014

This was the first mezcal that really fascinated me. Creamy, smoky, fruity – if you haven’t had mezcal it is definitely worth the experience. An absolutely top-rate mixer. Smoke, agave, vegetal, with a fantastic pepper to it. Vegetal, earthy, smoky, and yet very clean.  Castrol oil, pepper, cucumber, mac and cheese with leeks and bacon…clean, long, and delicious…and a bit dry on the finish. A light, vegetal and smoky finish. I wish many whiskies would come off this complex at the still. It does, however, lose smokiness with time and air in the bottle – beware.

Highly Recommended. I find this stuff quite clean and smoky, in a way that is quite appealing.

Value: Average to high. It’s my pick for what I can usually get in Ontario.