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Aged mezcal is difficult sufficient to seek out. Now Contraluz has dropped a primary for us: cristalino mezcal (on this case a reposado that’s been filtered to clear).
The innocuous trying spirit — which isn’t fairly clear however slightly a really pale yellow — presents loads of surprises within the glass. The nostril sees loads of smoke but in addition an ample sweetness, with each tropical and lightweight citrus notes distinguished. The palate finds an preliminary rush of wooden smoke rapidly tempered by a creamy, marshmallow-like character and a few vanilla, which clearly evoke the barrel and a lightweight getting older routine. Notes of toasted almonds, fresh-cut grass, and a few anise pump up the mezcal’s extra savory components because the fruit dissipates, whereas the end retreats expectedly to the smokehouse. It’s by no means overbearing or pushy, the barrel successfully tempering any lingering brashness and making for a flexible spirit, regardless of its uncommon composition.
80 proof. NOM 0649X. Reviewed: Lot #C4323.
B+ / $60 / mezcalcontraluz.com