Ven A Mi Mezcal represents the first in a line of Mezcal brands produced by the Milagrito company. From the same people behind the Ven A Mi Mezcales come this partnership of two spirits. Both spirits are produced from Agave of the Espadin variety that are harvested at between 7-10yrs of age. The pinas are roasted in an earth oven before being crushed by a horse-drawn mill and the liquid transferred to wooden vats for the fermentation to commence. This is followed by double copper-still distillation. The brand maintains that the spirits are the same except for the 54.8% abv version being bottled at the same proof that the liquid comes off the still whereas it’s lighter sibling has been watered down to bottling strength.
Compared with the lower proof iteration this is a much cleaner and altogether more vegetal bouquet. Despite the higher ABV it is actually more approachable with a more restrained smoke influence. If the 45% flavour is huge, this is gigantic. The barrel-strength is incredibly smooth, with only a pleasant tongue tingle indicating caution should be exercised. As with the bouquet, the smoke is more restrained than is sibling and this highlights a more floral, vegetal and citrus character. The deep notes of very ripe papaya and pineapple mix with salty coconut and a waxy note reminiscent of juniper. This is an extraordinary Mezcal.