Tres Tribus Ensamble Joven Mezcal (700ml)
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Tres Tribus Ensamble Joven Mezcal (700ml)

Oaxaca, MEXICO
$119. 99
$1439.88 Dozen
ABV: 44%

A small batch mezcal hand-crafted by fifth generation Mezcalero, Juan Antonio Coronel and named after the three tribes of Oaxaca. 'Ensamble' simply means it's made from a combination of agaves rather than a single variety. Because Coronel insists on traditional methods, his agaves are allowed to grow for years, sometimes decades, until they're fully mature. In this case, the blend includes wild Salmiana ranging from 15 up to 35 years old, wild Jabalí averaging between 10 and 15 years old, and farmed Espadins harvested at around 8 years. The agave hearts are roasted according to traditional methods. Local water combined with wild yeasts kick start the week-long fermentation in clay jars. Distillation takes place in a still designed and hand-built by Coronel using copper and local elements from the region. He also has a replanting program that replenishes agave harvested in the wild as well as trees used in the production process; For every wild agave he cuts, he replants four new ones. Coronel's 'Ensamble' opens with soft, approachable scents developing a sweet, earthy edge suggesting wet clay, lucerne mulch, dried thyme and white pepper. Those notes are echoed by beautifully integrated flavours in an oily-yet-tangy, agave driven mid-palate that gives way to mesquite smoke, white chocolate and hints of bicycle tube, trailing off in a fruity, pepper and brine finish. It's a terrific assemblage to enjoy on its own, but one that should also make a strong contribution to cocktails. 44% Alc./Vol.

Notes from the producers... Alluring notes of jasmine, mango and honey with a delicate minerality. The mid-palate of cooked agave showcases a toasty elegance as well as hints of stone fruit with a long finish of citrus and earthy flavors. Fantastic sipped alongside fresh and zingy food, it'll also make a great Mezcal Manhattan.