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Mezcal Los Amantes Joven

Mezcal Los Amantes Joven bottle

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Distiller Details

Mezcal Los Amantes

Oaxaca, Mexico

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Price Range

Premium — $51–$100

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THL: What is it?

Los Amantes is produced with a combination of Tobala and Espadin agave in Oaxaca, Mexico before it’s left to age in oak barrels for up to two months.

THL: Why should you try it?

Los Amantes is made with 100% agave and is triple-distilled for a refined, smooth flavor. Los Amantes means “the lovers” in Spanish, named for the Aztec legend of Mayahuel that tells the origin of Mezcal. The Aztec goddess Mayahuel, battled with the star demons, the Tzitzimine, before eloping with the snake God Quetzacoatl. Mayahuel died in the battle, and an agave plant sprang forth from where the heavy-hearted Quetzcoatl buried her as a gift from the gods to comfort Quetzacoatl in his loss. The agave hearts (piñas) are allowed to mature for eight years before they are harvested and cooked in an underground pit for three days for a rich smoky depth. After fermentation, the juice is extracted and distilled in small copper pot stills. The small copper pot stills are generally regarded as superior to stainless steel column stills because the traditional small-pot helps to better express the vegetal agave funk.

THL: Who makes it?

Los Amantes was started by Guillermo Olguin and Ignacio Carballido after searching for unique mezcals all over Oaxaca, Mexico before selecting the current distillers of Los Amantes.

THL: What does it taste like?

Cucumber, smoke, orange zest, black pepper

THL: How should you drink it?

Drink this spirit the Oaxacan way, sipped (not shot) neat with friends and family.

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