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Review: Montelobos Mezcal Joven – Ensamble and Pechuga

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Montelobos Ensamble and Pechuga

Final time we checked in with Montelobos, the corporate’s choices centered round two hallmark expressions, specifically their tobala and espadin. Previously yr, the Campari-owned model has expanded with two extra (and fairly totally different) expressions: an ensamble and pechuga.

The ensamble mix originates in Puebla and is primarily made utilizing papalote agave and “complemented with” espadin and tobala agave from Montelobos’ current expressions. It is available in at 45.3% alcohol, only a contact above the espadin at 43.2% and beneath the tobala at 46.8%.

The pechuga — originating in Oaxaca and coming in at a strong 47.9% alcohol — is a mezcal espadin that has been distilled for a 3rd time with the addition of turkey breast, fruit, and spices. Like all Monetelobos mezcal releases, the 2 latest expressions are distilled in 300 liter copper stills.

Apparently, all Montelobos mezcals — together with their pechuga — are kosher licensed, a notable designation given the addition of animal protein within the pechuga distillation course of. Along with launching new expressions, the corporate has additionally closely promoted their partnership with The Wolf Conservation Heart, a New York-based facility that homes and breeds endangered Mexican crimson and grey wolves (animals that Montelobos founder Iván Saldaña says impressed the model title).

However sufficient on these particulars. Let’s see how they style.

Montelobos Mezcal Joven Ensamble — Montelobos calls its ensamble the “most daring, sharp, and intense” of its expressions, and that’s kind of correct. The nostril hits shortly however not harshly with smoke, and there’s a robust vegetal word, extra root vegetable than inexperienced. (Radish is perhaps correct right here.) There’s additionally a robust trace of tea on the finish of the nostril, leaving the primary impression sweeter than the 2 prior expressions. On the tongue, there’s a stronger smoke character, but additionally sweetness with caramel and candied citrus peel. The end is sharp and thick, with each heavy cream and nutmeg, additional emphasizing that sweetness on the palate. That very same end, nonetheless, vanishes a second too quickly. Pleasurable and simply barely too fleeting on the finish, the ensamble offers drinkers tons to choose by means of and dissect. 90.6 proof. B+ / $80

Montelobos Mezcal Joven Pechuga — On the nostril, you get fast marmalade, with deeper fruit notes together with apricot in fast succession. It’s smoky and herbaceous, however the fruit and citrus takes entrance and heart, seemingly as a result of further substances within the ultimate distillation. On the tongue, it’s once more fruity and candy, with each baked and dried fruit notes: citrus evolves into guava and deep fried plantains. It may border on too candy if not for inexperienced woody and natural notes pulling issues again only a bit. The end is lengthy, candy, and borderline decadent whereas additionally bringing some welcome acidity on the finish. To date, it’s a standout of the Montelobos lineup and a pour I’ll revisit slowly and on the finish of a meal. 95.8 proof. A- / $130

Montelobos Mezcal Joven Pechuga




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