When drinking Mezcal neat you can best taste the full flavors of this beautiful Liquor. The smokiness comes from the traditional way of roasting the agave. However, it is not just about the smoke. There are many different flavor profiles. The taste depends on the terroir, type of agave, and processing of the agave by the so-called Mezcalero.
Mezcal is an own type of spirit and very different from Tequila. If you want to enjoy it purely, it is best at room temperature. If that's too strong, you can have it in a cocktail, like a Margarita. It is becoming more and more popular over the last decade. So it's about time for me to note down our recommendations for the best Mezcal brands you can buy in 2021. If you want to experience the real taste of Mezcal, in my opinion, these brands are the perfect additions to your home bar.
Montelobos Espadin Joven
Montelobos uses an organic Espadin agave and only produces small batches to perfect flavor, taste, and balance. With its smooth, crisp flavor Montelobos Espadi Joven is an excellent choice to drink neat. When used in a cocktail, I'm sure you'll love thisl.
Produced in Santiago Matatlan Valley of Oaxaca, this Mezcal works perfectly in a Margarita. It is light, a bit smoky, with notes of citrus and vanilla.
Legend says that founder John Rexer smuggled it out of Mexico to Antigua, Guatemala. That is why Ilegal became the name of the brand. The Mezcal is still served in his bar in Antigua, Café No Sé.
Agave de Cortes
Agave de Cortes is a high-quality Mezcal with an earthy smell and smoky taste. If you're looking for good value for money, this might be your best choice. The earthy, spicy scent combined with its sweet and smoky taste works excellent in cocktails.
Nuestra Soledad San Baltazar
San Baltazar is a creation of the Soledad family, a brand that manufactures a great variety of Mezcal. For San Baltazar, the Mezcalero uses century-old traditional methods to create this tasty Mezcal. Its deep flavor profile is outstanding: Bee pollen and grassy notes combined with smokiness and hints of bacon.
Del Maguey Chichicapa Mezcal
Del Maguey is one of the first Mezcal brands that reached a broad public. It is a classic, high-end product which you should enjoy neat. First, there's a hint of sweetness before the flavor quickly changes to more earthy, spicy, and even minty notes.
Alipus San Andres
Alipus is one of my favorite Mezcal brands at the moment. The San Andres bottle has everything I want from a Mezcal. It is rich, complex, and woody Joven with a bit of mineral. The clean flavors make it also an ideal choice for beginners.
El Silencio Espadin Mezcal
A beautifully designed black bottle is the first thing you notice about this Mezcal. But not only the mystic-themed exterior is a winner the inside is just as good. The flavor profile contains notes of chocolate, fruits, baked sweets, and a bit of char. Simply a full-flavored Mezcal that won't disappoint.
Gracias a Dios Mezcal Espadin
The makers of Gracias a Dios are very passionate about their Products. Their Espadin Mezcal contains typical earthy and smoky notes combined with hints of pepper, grass, and mushrooms. It's a well-made Oaxacan product with a classic profile. If you're looking for a great all-around Espadin, this will be the right choice for you.
Del Maguey Tobala
Another entry from Del Maguey. This Mezcal is made of the rare Tobala agave. That sort of agave plant only grows on a few mountain slopes in Oaxaca. That also reflects in the price. But I promise you it is worth it.
Derrumbes San Luis Potosí
This is a unique Mezcal from the state of San Luis Potosí. Made of wild-growing Salmiana agave and steam roasted in a brick oven instead of traditional pit roasting. That result is a super unique Mezcal. You'll notice none of the usual smoky taste. Instead, notes of eucalyptus and bell pepper create a unique flavor profile. This unusual mix makes an interesting ingredient for cocktails. Try it yourself by using it in a Negroni or a Margarita.
Del Maguey Crema
Del Maguey Crema is a dangerously addictive Mezcal. It is based on Del Maguey Vida but with the addition of Miel de Maguey. A syrup made of roasted agave. The result is a sweet, smoky, and creamy spirit. Very appealing when tasted neat and even better when used in cocktails.
Bozal Ensamble Mezcal
Bozal Ensamble is a handmade artisan Mezcal. A good selection if you're looking for one that is sweet and smoky but not too smoky. The smoky flavor is well balanced with citrus, floral notes, and hints of grass. While Bozal is best enjoyed neat, it still works great in cocktails, too.