Blanco mezcal is a spirit from Mexico that can be made from as many as 18 different types of the agave plant, some cultivated and some wild. Most are produced in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. A blanco mezcal is distilled in a copper still (sometimes double distilled) and is not aged in oak, thus preserving a clear appearance.
Jake Lustig, the man behind ArteNOM tequila and the fabulous K&L Fuenteseca selection, has Mina Real made at his 300 year old distillery in Santa Catarina Minas. They use 100% Espadin agave that is grown at 4800 feet. The blanco is super clean and not heavy on the smoke. A great bargain for mixing and sipping alike. Mina Real is an ecologically-responsible producer. Crafting their agave, slowly in a brick kiln using a steaming method that enhances the plants’ bright floral notes using an agave- roasting technique that saves 25,000 pounds of wood per roast. Double distillation in pot stills and barreled in American white oak.
Clear color. Vegetal, yeasty aromas and flavors of marinated grilled beets, caramelized leeks and pearl onions, smoked olives, and clay with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, sweet potato with balsamic, roasted coconut meat, corn pudding, and cacao nibs finish. A delightfully flavorful and balanced blanco with great interplay of fruit and vegetable flavors.