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Amarás, Amores, Anchor – AAA tasting notes

Mezcal AmarásIf you attended Tales of the Cocktail last summer you may have been lucky enough to taste Mezcal Amarás at its American launch. It’s finally available in retail establishments and bars. You can ascribe the delay between launch and street date to, of all things, a translation issue with a poem on the bottle’s label. Poem removed, bottle available. Voila!

Amarás probably looks familiar because the mezcal and brand were designed by the people behind Mezcal Amores, and imported by San Francisco’s own Anchor Distilling. As they say on their web site “Different name, same trip.”

 

 

Details

Agave Espadin

San Juan del Rio

41% ABV

NOM: O239X

Batch 1

Production: 3,300 bottles

Retail Price: Approximately $50.00

Background

While this project is managed by the same people behind mezcal Amores they’re working with a different set of five mezcaleros working collaboratively in San Juan del Rio who call themselves “Laajsh Doob” which means “land of agave” in Nahuatal. It looks like the same distillers are behind Pierde Almas‘ Purtita Verda and Espadin.

The bottle displays the same font and design treatment of Amores so the design continuity is very clear. The bottles are embossed with AM on the base and shoulders similar to Medieval heraldic crests. At first I thought it depicted a bat, the famous agave pollinator, unfortunately my imagination was getting ahead of me.

Tasting Notes

It has a fairly light nose that is simple and I mean that without any sense of deprecation. There’s no overwhelming scent of smoke, chemical or fruit. It’s there, a good, straight espadin.

The sensation rolls through soft and round front of mouth resolving into effervescent sensations as it tails off. It has very little viscosity. The flavors are very restrained and  mirror the mouth feel. It starts as a very straight ahead espadin with very little smoke and light agave flavor and then finishes with a wonderful mineral wash. It’s a great sipper at a great price.

Anchor Distilling is currently shipping it to 12 states including California and Texas. It’s not available in New York yet but it’s only a matter of time. They are also preparing a Cupreata from Guerrero for release sometime soon. That’s a varietal that we’d like to see more. Prepare yourselves.

 

 

Mezcal Meteoro Espadin Tasting Notes

A screen shot of the inventive Instagram presence of this new brand.

A screen shot of the inventive Instagram presence of this new brand.

Mezcal Meteoro has been around in Mexico at least since 2014 and instantly set itself apart as the most design, digital, and social media conscious brand in mezcaldom. Postings of astronauts and other astronomical phenomenon fill up their Instagram feed while sketches riff on the same topics clearly demonstrate that they’re down with the street art trend. Marketing posters for tastings, club events and the like have also made a big impression. Clearly the people behind the brand understand how to create some buzz. But we haven’t been able to actually taste their mezcal until this week so it’s finally time for some tasting notes leavened with a side of design critique instead of the other way around.

The latest object to hit the bar.

The latest object to hit the bar.

Meteoro makes one mezcal, a pure espadin which is about as straight ahead as you can get. It’s bold, bright, has a bit of smoke, and is very balanced. I tasted it next to a pair of Raicillas which could be a huge disadvantage to an espadin but the Meteoro was a great contrast in its sturdiness. There could be no doubt which glass was which and its 45% ABV doesn’t show up either way; you’re neither knocked down, nor underwhelmed.

There is clearly a play on for the cocktail market, one of the main menu items on their site is cocktails but at this point that’s par for the course in the mezcal world. Suffice to say that this is a bottle that’s good on its own, hate to see too much of it poured into cocktails. They are advertising a first anniversary party in Brooklyn this Friday 2/13/15 (the party is actually in Mexico City, check the Meteoro Facebook page for more information) so if you’re in the area check it out and report back.

As posted to Facebook.

As posted to Facebook.