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#1 Guy DeLouche

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Posted 05 May 2011 - 05:04 PM

Brand Name: Agave de Cortes
Distillery: AGAVE DE CORTES, S. de R.L.MI., Camino a la Presa S/N col. Centro, Santiago Matatlan, Oaxaca, Mexico
Type: Joven

Distillations: ?
Gusano: No
Proof: 80
Closure: Plastic pouring spout under aluminum screw cap

Agave:100% Espadin

Other: Tall, frosted bottle with silkscreen graphics

Visual: Filtered clear, thin legs, some pearls
Nose: Low smoke, big agave aromatics from the Espadin, almost a cognac sweetness, perhaps what Lippy referred to as a "cake icing" aroma in his video review. That raw agave aroma is really nice, and the smoke is really subtle.
Body/Taste: Clean, quite smooth, with a natural-tasting sweetness and just a bit of heat that creeps up just at the end. I wish they offered a still-strength version - this is smooth enough that it could stand to be a bit higher proof.
Aftertaste/Finish: Clean, light sweetness with just a tingle of glowing alcohol. The Espadin flavors leave a long, comforting trail down the gullet. Very refined for a joven, a bit like Danzantes, but without the big smoke, and with a bit less complexity.
Overall Impression: A very nice surprise! One of the best mid-priced mezcals I've tried.

Rating: Very good. Bang-for-the-buck rating: Excellent.

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