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#1 Guy DeLouche

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 06:15 PM

Brand Name: Mezcal Union Uno

Producer: various artisan families
Origin: Villages of Puerto Angel and San Miguel Ejutla, Oaxaca
Importer: MHW, Ltd., Manhasset, NY

Retailer: Andrews Wine Cellars, Oswego, NY. $34.99.
Type: Joven

Distillations: ? Assuming 2.
Gusano: No
Proof: 80

Lot#: MKU007
Closure: Real cork topped with real wood.

Bottle: 750mL tall, clear bottle.
Agave: A blend of espadin, cirial and barril.

Visual: Water-clear, no sediment. Light viscosity. Little to no perlas formed.
Nose: Grassy, overripe mangos; some solventy aromas that reminds me of contact cement or maybe airplane glue. Not as bad as it sounds, but a bit distracting. Very little smoke.
Body/Taste: Fruitiness carries over to a pleasant sweetness. This isn't as savory as Banhez, not as macho and not nearly as smoky. Ends up being a bit light for me.
Aftertaste/Finish: Wraps things up a bit too quickly. The sweetness lingers; there isn't much alcohol heat. What little smoke is there manifests in the aftertaste, along with some sugar-icing notes reminiscent of Agave de Cortes.
Overall Impression: A pretty good mezcal. I liked the Banhez better. This has some pleasant fruity nuances, and some "local" small-batch complexity, but otherwise it was mighty close to a clean Weber agave tequila. I think it would let down folks who were used to higher-proof single village mezcals. This one almost seems - dare I say it - blended.

Rating: Good. Would probably not get it again.
Bang for the Buck Rating: So-so. Banhez had a lower price and bigger cojones. 

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