Clase Azul Tequila, known for bringing you the beautiful painted porcelain bottles of Jalisco’s finest spirit has branched out into Mezcal. Most Mezcal’s are Oaxacan mezcal, mind you, but Mezcal from the Mexican state of Durango is the real deal. This isn’t contracted juice either; they purchased part of the actual production and registered their own NOM number (D291G). It took them two years to get this project up and running, which shows you how serious some of the bigger brands are getting about Mezcal right now. Not only is this Mezcal strikingly different in appearance and origin, it’s also made from a type of wild agave most have never heard of: Cenizo; one of the species native to Durango. The end result is quite wonderful. This Mezcal is full of smoke, slat, and roasted agave, it is a nice soft delicate Mezcal from Clase Azul. Clase Azul Mezcal is made with 100% wild agave Cenizo, which takes 12-15 years to mature. Clase Azul follows the same traditional palenque distillation process as any other artisinal Mezcal. One impressive point about this Mezcal is that the agave is milled by hand, rather than using a donkey and tahona.
Its flavor profile, obtained through a traditional palenque distillery process, passed down from generation to generation for hundreds of years,demands the slow, underground roasting of the agave hearts. This method produces certain chemical reactions when sugars and proteins are combined, resulting in sweet notes of peanut, brown sugar, and honey. On the other hand, the firewood and volcanic rock used to roast the hearts, generate enough heat to give it a smoky quality with notes of ash, wood, and chocolate.