Celebrating with a couple of colorful beauties.
A huge leap up, this was a fine sipping liquor, one that would fare well against fine whiskeys and bourbons. The color was darker, not quite bourbon, more like rye, from three years in a blend of French and American oak. The nose was incredibly soft, like butterscotch and leather. On the palate there was smoke, burnt butter, toasty wood, and a flavor captured by the description "the browned, but not quite blackened, part of a toasted marshmallow." The finish was very long, lingering and changing, adding white pepper and lavender. It was absolutely silky smooth, without the hint of a bite. Very highly recommended.
With more age and obvious effects of six month aging in American oak, this mezcal showed a light butterscotch tint. On the nose, it offered similar flavors to the joven. On the palate, it was more complex and floral. It opened with the same background agave and smoke, butterscotch and leather, but added very high notes of lavender and white pepper. The alcohol bite was surprisingly sharper than the younger joven. Recommended.