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January / February 2018

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january/february 2018  /  the tasting panel  /  63 Make Room for Mezcal EXPLORING A SAMPLING OF EXCEPTIONAL MEXICAN SPIRITS FROM KIMO SABE ASK ANY MIXOLOGIST: Even in winter, mezcal is hot! While it's similar to tequila, which is made from the blue weber strain of agave, mezcal is produced using different varieties of the plant. Most people think mezcal has a strong smoky characteristic, but that's only one flavor of its multitude of complex notes. Considering the variety of methods and agave species available to make mezcal, the spirit is technicolor in taste compared to the more black-and-white profile of tequila. Among the most impressive of super-premium mezcals to enter the market are those made by Kimo Sabe. This high-quality brand chooses carefully-crafted spirits and blends them to create signature expressions. Below are some selections that embody the future of the category. 91 Kimo Sabe Mezcal Joven, Mexico ($36) Clear and smooth with silky texture and peppery notes; lush and toasty with a hint of sweetness; a modern, elegant, and lush take on an ancient spirit. 92 Kimo Sabe Mezcal Reposado, Mexico ($36) Pale amber color ; smooth, luxurious, and smoky nose; balanced with notes of pepper, complex spice, and oak; silky and long. 94 Kimo Sabe Mezcal Añejo, Mexico ($54) Light gold color with a polished agave nose; spicy with hints of licorice, vanilla, and caramel; creamy, elegant, and exceptional with a lengthy finish. 96 Kimo Sabe Cinco de Noviembre Mezcal, Mexico ($511) Sleek, earthy, and peppery nose; velvety texture with an elegant but rustic style; floral and rich with spice notes and intense agave flavors; balanced with a long, dense finish. A truly exceptional product.

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