Brand Name: Mezcal Lajita Reposado
Distillery: Licores Veracruz, S.A. de C.V.
Distillations: yo no se
Gusano: Yes. Chubby one, too.
Closure: plastic screw cap
Visual: Very clear, very pale gold-beige. Coarse, dark sediment in the bottle. Might be grub dandruff.
Nose: Good smoke, somewhat band-aid-ish. Some light cooked agave, a bit of wood-inspired vanilla sweetness.
Body/Taste: Nice agave and smoke, olla clay pot, then a slightly sweet alcohol that recedes to some heat on the sides of the tongue.
Aftertaste/Finish: Mostly wood smoke, but some nice agave mash warmth. Maybe the grub is contributing that vegetal note from the agave? Not offensive, but I've tasted this in mexcals (or mixto tequilas) I did not like (Jose Cuervo comes to mind).
Overall Impression: Nice mezcal, lots of smoke and cooked veggie maguey, but not inspiring. You get what you pay for - for $20 this is good mezcal, but I probably wouldn't get it again if it were $30. As it is, a perfect mezcal for making smoky mixed drinks, or for shots if you need to get there quickly and on a budget.
Edited by Guy DeLouche, 19 April 2011 - 03:45 PM.