Casamigos Mezcal Joven
Casamigos or 'House of Friends' was founded by George Clooney, Rande Gerber and Mike Meldman. They are producing small batch, ultra premium tequila made from the finest, hand-selected 100% Blue Weber agaves, grown in the rich red clay soil and cool climate of the Highlands of Jalisco Mexico. To give the tequila its unique flavor and ensure the finest quality, they use traditional pot stills for distillation. The water they use is naturally purified from their own wells to ensure no change to the tequila’s flavor profile.
Their latest addition to Casamigos is this Mezcal. Randy Gerber explains : 'We were given mezcals to try a few years ago and there was one we really loved. At the time, all of our attention was focused on sharing Casamigos tequila with the world but we stayed in touch with the family that created that mezcal and knew one day it would become part of our Casamigos family.'
Forbes reports: 'The mezcal, which is a joven (meaning it’s young), is uncannily smooth for an unaged spirit. The first thing one notices is the lack of burn and overpowering bitter or smoky notes—both in the nose and on the palate. Instead, you get fragrant herbal (mint, oregano, and thyme) and fruit (tamarind and mango) notes: a fine mix of layered flavors and aromas, if you will. Next, you’ll notice how subtle it is at first sip—especially for a mezcal, which in my experience can be a little more “abrasive.” It is definitely the kind of mezcal you sip for pleasure because of its unusually long finish, preferably using a traditional clay copita. Much like its tequila cousin, mezcal is typically twice distilled. So why exactly does the 80-proof Casamigos mezcal, with its smoothness, stand out?
Perhaps because it’s been made with 100 percent Espadin agave from Santiago Matatlán in Oaxaca, Mexico—the traditional way with no shortcuts. “While initially tasting different tequilas and mezcals, we were given many samples to try,” Gerber explains. “When we found our mezcal of choice, we worked closely with [the family] to perfect it.”'