Mezcal Amores – The Taste of the Mexican Desert

Peter Morrell is introduced to the more versatile brother of Tequila

The first questions in my mind were what is Mezcal and how does it differ from Tequila?

Afer some researched I found that tequila can only be made with agave tequilana (blue agave) and must be produced in the state of Jalisco and in small parts of four other states. Mezcal can be made from up to 28 different types of Agave and is produced around the city of Oaxaca but can also be made in many other states. The latter has a much wider taste and flavour spectrum. By the way it doesn’t have to have a worm in the bottle to make it genuine

I have recently tasted Mezcal Amores made from the Espadin agave, an artisanal Mexican Mezcal available in the UK. It is a delicious smooth and smoky spirit which can be enjoyed on its own or in a range of exciting cocktails. Drinking it neat it is very complex, there are apple and lemon flavours in the bouquet and on the palate its distinctive smoky character comes to the fore. It’s not too dry and has an almost creamy mouthfeed, the finish is long and persistent.

I dithered about which cocktail to make with Mezcal Amores and decided on a Negroni made with Campari, this is one of my favourite cocktails with lots contrasting flavours. Take two parts Mezcal Amores, one part Campari and one part Punt e Mes (Sweet Vermouth), mix and pour over ice. You get a bitter/sweet combination, with lots of big, bold contrasting flavours.

Amores is Mexico’s favourite Mezcal and fast becoming the mezcal to be seen sipping on in London too, the trend is fast spreading from the beaches of Tulum to New York’s Mezcalerías and every hot spot in Ibiza this summer. Afte my tasting of Mezcal Amores I feel that it will rapidly become a popular drink in the UK.

Quality and sustainability are the essence behind Mezcal Amores. The production process is 100% artisanal, natural and organic, it undergoes complete transparency from start to finish unlike most other spirits, creating a fair-trade and heartfelt end product of the highest quality – smooth and pure.

Amores use agaves that absorb solar energy for 6 to 30 years waiting for the perfect moment of maturity, when the energy reaches its peak, that is when they are are cut and made into Mezcal. That’s why we say that drinking Mezcal Amores awakens, it doesn’t gets you drunk.

Two strains of Amores are available on the UK market, Espadín and Cupreata agaves. The spirit is imported to the UK by Marussia Beverages and a google search will give you a range of outlets where you can buy it.