OAX Original Arroqueño Mezcal
This may be the 'baseline' Mezcal in the OAX portfolio, but this artisanal, single-maguey mezcal puts to shame just about any bottle of Mezcal I've had recently without 'OAX' on the bottle. It's a sophisticated Mezcal with twists and turns. It was picked up at the agave’s premium and brought to distillation at the maturity point, the plants were between 14 and 18 years old. It leads off with subtle wooden and cooked agave aromas followed by some buttery notes, mixed with hints of sweet coffee, cacao and some herbal qualities.
Their bottle is inspired by vernacular Mexican architecture, a blend between the mysterious monolithic pre-Hispanic architecture and Euro-American Modernist design, spearheaded by Luis Barragán and presently embodied in the work of architects Frida Escobedo, Mauricio Rocha and Gabriela Carrillo, among others.