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Staff Pick

Agave de Cortes Joven Mezcal

Item # 34715 750mL
$34.96/ Single Bottle
$419.52/ Case of 12
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Region
ABV
43.00%
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Tasting Notes

At the epicenter of the mezcal world in the village of Santiago Matatlan, Oaxaca, the Cortes family have been producing traditional mezcales for over 5 generations across 180 years. This gorgeous 100% Espadin bottling is easily one of the best buys in the category. Well rounded and accessible notes include fragrant wood smoke, fresh herbs, sweet limes, tropical fruits and white pepper.


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Staff Pick Notes

Agave de Cortes Joven is a beautiful expression of 100% Espadin Agave and the terroir of Santiago Matatlan, courtesy of three Generations of distillation experience from the Cortes Family -- the same family responsible for bottling the El Jolgorio line of Mezcals. On the nose, subdued smoke lays the groundwork for vegetal ripeness, tropical fruit and floral notes. The palate shows a pop of minerality, while a balanced 45% ABV mingles with layers and layers of flavor: lemongrass, damp earth and dense clay/mineral are coated by rich body and silky texture. I've never had a Mezcal at this price-point surprise as much as this did. High quality stuff! Sure you can mix it, but why would you?

- EG

Astor's Glossary of Terms

Agave

Also called “maguey,” agave refers to a family of succulents that are not, surprisingly, related to any cactus. The plants grow in the southwestern United States, Mexico, and Central America. Agave has a sweet, mild flavor when cooked. There are more than 300 agave species; an agave plant takes eight to twelve years to mature. The juice of the blue agave, cultivated primarily in the state of...

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