Mezcal Marca Negra
Distilled by Alberto Ortiz, Mezcal Marca Negra's Arroqueno is produced in Santa Maria La Pila in fairly small lots - 300 bottles or less.
Rich roasted agave, honey and almond slivers, faint citrus zest and some pepper. Lavender, light clay, some salinity.
Sweet at first, plenty of agave character here as well. Bright and fruit forward, a hint of cream and cheese on the back palate. Reminds me of salted melon, some cantaloupe, rising bread and some minerality.
Long finish presents some clay, some honey and more bread character rife with sweet roasted agave.
Extremely pleasant, this bottling of a favorite agave never fails to disappoint and show the impressive skill in the hand of the maker.