Great to have you on board LSR, welcome. Hope you can share your mezcal findings.
I tried the Los Amantes plata and had a similar reaction to Gabe's with the Whahaka - smooth, clean, but a bit soft. Maybe the likes of Mezcalero, Pierde Almas and Manonegra have spoiled me, but the 40% mezcals (with the possible exception of Danzantes blanco) just don't do it for me anymore.
REALLY liking Manonegra though. Gabe, ya gotta try this one! Initial impressions had a lot of coiny, brassy aromatics, but I think these volatiles have mostly breathed off after getting some air in the bottle, and it's really opened up and brought out a lot more agave and smoke. Wonderful stuff. Wish you could get it outside of NY, though.
Edit: I emailed the buyer at Astor Wines in NY after hearing that Manonegra does a Tobala in addition to their excellent Espadin mezcal - their reply is below. I'm tempted, but that's a bit steep!Thank you for your inquiry. Yes, we would be able to order this for you. The price would be $104.99 per bottle. Please call me at the number below if you would like to proceed with a special order.Best,Ali LyonsSales ManagerAstor Wines & Spirits399 Lafayette Street (@ East 4th St)New York, NY 10003v) 212.674.7500f) 212.673.1210
Edited by Guy DeLouche, 22 February 2012 - 02:48 PM.