The vary of mezcals out there within the U.S. is rising and those we are attempting in the present day symbolize a unbelievable new vary of choices. The Mal de Amor distillery is owned and run by the Hernandez household and is situated in Santiago Matatlán, Oaxaca, Mexico. The entire mezcals we are attempting are joven, which suggests they’re unaged expressions, and have spent no time in oak. The worth level on these mezcals could seem a bit excessive, however the high quality justifies them throughout the board. Let’s give them a attempt.
Mal de Amor Mexicano Mezcal – Gentle nostril, with notes of cedar and light-weight smoke. It comes alive far more on the palate with lime-heavy citrus balanced with smoke and a rounded, creamy physique. The end introduces a contact of astringency, however total, that is effectively balanced. 92 proof. A- / $100
Mal de Amor Barril Mezcal – The nostril is fruity, natural, and musky. On the palate, gentle smoke joins inexperienced pepper, a lightweight corn sweetness, and a creamy mouthfeel. The end is a contact brief, however that is pleasant on the entire. 90 proof. B+ / $100
Mal de Amor Tobala Mezcal – Nostril is vegetal with daring agave character. Nearly no smoke seems on the nostril, nevertheless it exhibits up gently on the palate together with lemon and a barely candy herbaceous observe. This can be a well-balanced Mezcal with sweetness, lemon, herbaceousness, and smoke all holding one another in test. It’s surprisingly approachable for one thing so advanced. Scrumptious. 92 proof. A / $100
Mal de Amor Cuishe Mezcal – Lime, smoke, and burnt tire notes meet the nostril. That is the smokiest of the Mal de Amor mezcals, nevertheless it isn’t excessive. Smoky candy bacon meets the palate together with a lightweight, pleasant, herbaceous character within the lengthy end. Balanced, daring, and spectacular. 96 proof. A / $100
Mal de Amor Madre Cuishe Mezcal – Straight agave on the nostril with a contact of smoke. The smoke is a little more distinguished on the palate, however it’s not overwhelming and sits in steadiness with some sweetness and blue agave character. That is pleasant Mezcal and will entice hesitant tequila followers to make the leap. 91 proof. B+ / $100
Mal de Amor Tepeztate Mezcal – Lemony and herbaceous on the nostril. The palate tastes of candied inexperienced pepper and light-weight smoke. It’s an odd observe, nevertheless it suits the mezcal, and I prefer it. The end is surprisingly lengthy because the flavors slowly fade right into a wisp of smoke. 90 proof. B+ / $115
Mal de Amor Sierra Negra Mezcal – The nostril is natural with heavy agave and barely candy. The palate is extra assertive than the nostril and exhibits built-in lime, inexperienced pepper, and black pepper. That is one other nice gateway mezcal for followers of tequila. 90 proof. B+ / $115