Distillery: Mezcal Union
Strength: 40% ABV
Locality: Oaxaca, Mexico
Description: In its simplest form, Mezcal Union forms small cooperatives, through which they plant agave and then guarantee to buy it back from the family whose land it grows on. Previously starved for economic opportunity, the indigenous partners now own up to 50% of the Mezcal Union harvest—their income has become sustainable, and the union assumes all the farming risk
Uno starts out with soft layers of sweet citrus and panna cotta before moving toward archetypal Espadín notes of roasted tropical fruit combined with a little salinity and a hint of pepper. The level of smokiness is spot-on, confidently present without overwhelming. There’s also an edge of citrus peel and a twist of green herbs in the mix—echoes of the wild Cirial. Perfectly primed for mixing, it's a great, well-priced Mezcal to have in the drinks cabinet.