Recommended by: Chris Elford, Sother Teague, and Jules Snow
“Thanks to a light stripe of coconut and pineapple flavor hiding behind the smoke and pepper, Koch el Mezcal Espadín Joven (San Baltazar Guelavila, 47% ABV) is a mezcal that really makes a cocktail sing!” raves Chris. But while the acid and proof make this one really fun to mix with, the fruity, musty aromas, sweet and slightly bitter notes of cooked agave on the palate, and long, spicy finish make it a mezcal that’s also a pleasure to sip neat.
“Mezcal Amarás Espadín has a tea-like light citrus and toasted wood aroma with hints of tropical fruit. All of which pair wonderfully in a cocktail,” says Sother. “The mezcal tastes of slate and mineral with wisps of smoke and will definitely have you spellbound.” Amarás not only makes delicious mezcal; the company’s mission is to be a steward to a better world, for both people and the planet.
And Jules recommends Montelobos Espadín Mezcal, a beautifully balanced artisanal mezcal produced with five generations of love and passion behind it. You'll taste a lovely smoke that's not overbearing, with herbaceous and fruit layers.