Riazuleno Clasico Mezcal
Riazuleno Classico Mezcal Espadin Joven is crafted from 100% Espadin agave harvested from the foothills region of the state of Oaxaca in the city of San Dionisio, Ocotepec in highlands of Jelisco. The pinas are cooled for up to three days in conic pits with hot volcanic rocks and covered with a hay like fabric to hold in the smoke. The result is an intensely flavorful spirit, offering notes of ripe tropical fruit, sweet agave and smoke. Bright notes of green apple and roasted agave appear on the slightly sweet palate and merge with rich flavors of cinnamon, wet stone and mineral.
Mezcal Joven or “young” is bottled within two months of distillation without barrel aging and will appear clear, like a Vodka or Gin. Longer barrel aging, with the principal aim to soften and round a spirit’s flavor profile, is often most prized by connoisseurs. However, many die-hard Mezcal enthusiasts insist that oak takes away from the purity of the agave flavors—ranging from earthy and smoky to sweet and floral, often in the same Mezcal—and that Mezcal Joven is the best expression.