Gregorio Hernandez, Valentin Cortes
This is a mezcal made from 100% Espadin by master distiller Valentin Cortes and Gregorio Martinez. It is bottled by El Jolgorio. This specific vintage, bottled in 2016, hails from Matatlan, in Oaxaca.
Sweet fruits like lime, mango. Pepper, light minerality. More earthy than the 2017, but also much sweeter. Light vanilla bean presence, faint burning wood. Strong hits of agave funk.
Thin to medium mouth feel. Light heat, but a good deal of flavor. Most notably, ash, charcoal, beet, vinegar, honey, light stone.
Short, but pleasant. Cane sugar, pepper, light ash and rubber, then a hit of mango and lemon.
Overall, pretty nice, but a bit more disjointed than I felt the 2017 is. Goes great in a cocktail, as well.