A record number of mezcals were entered at the 2023 Las Vegas Global Spirit Awards (LVGSA). Two mezcal players won platinum medals and four mezcal players won gold medals.
Mr. Mezcal, Tobala, 42% ABV, 750 ml96/100 points, and Catedral de Mi Padre, Ensemble (Espadin and Cuiche), 47.7% ABV, 750 ml, won a platinum medal with 96/100 points. Mr. Mezcal Tobala also won Best Mezcal.
In recent years, mezcal has become a hotbed for small-scale artisanal producers. The diversity of production techniques and the wide variety of agave species utilized creates a wide range of aroma and flavor profiles.
For example, Mr. Mezcal, Tobala, is made as follows. agave potato. It is a relatively rare type of agave. Unlike most agave species, agave potato Genetically identical sprouts (puppies/hijuelos). Propagates only from seeds. This means that each plant is genetically unique.In theory, a good example below agave potato You can also clone using tissue culture, but I don’t know if anyone has done this.
Additionally, it takes 12 to 17 years to reach full maturity. agave potato compared to 8-10 years agave tequilensis It was used to make tequila. The size of the pina is also about 1/8 of Espadin’s pina. Espadin is the species most commonly used for mezcal production.
The LVGSA Judging Committee stated that Mr. Mezcal, Tobala Mezcal, has the following characteristics:
Aromas of earth, minerals and fruit. Smooth and oily on the palate with distinct fruit aromas. The finish is long with fruit and earthy aromas that linger.
Catedral de Mi Padre, the ensemble is ensemble mezcal made from a mixture of espadin and Quiche.Ann ensemble Mezcal is a mixture of agave seeds picked according to their ripeness. The proportions of each species will vary for each harvest/distillation based on which agave is ripe.That is, each ensemble A unique blend.
espadin It is the main agave variety for mezcal production and is widely cultivated in Oaxaca. His 80% to 90% of mezcal production is espadin. Similar to blue agave (agave tequilensis) is used in the production of tequila and has a similar life cycle. Both varieties are Agave angustifolia And they are genetically similar. Espadin leaves are long and narrow, hence the name. espadin Or a sword.
Quiche It is a generic term applied to several different species of agave. In the case of the Catedral de Mi Padre, agave karwinski. Unlike Agave Espadin, Agave Karwinski It is tall, narrow, and almost cylindrical. It produces an intensely flavored mezcal with pronounced minerality and pronounced spiciness.All of agave karwinski Currently, it is wild harvested that is used to produce mezcal.
The LVGSA Judging Committee stated that the Cathedral of Father Mezcal has the following exhibits:
An earthy aroma with a pronounced minerality and a slightly fruity aroma. Smooth and oily on the palate, with a pronounced minerality and a fruity, spicy aroma. The finish is long and slightly sweet with lingering notes of fruit, spice and a pronounced peppery flavour.
The Gold Award winners in the mezcal category are as follows: Aldes Mezcal, Ensemble Oaxaca, 45% ABV, 750 ml90/100 points. Historias y Memorias, Espadin San Matatlán, Oaxaca, 46% ABV, 750 ml94/100 points. Contra Las Cuerdas, Cuiche, Agave Karwinski Mezcal, Alcohol content: 42%, 750ml92/100 points, and Ojo de Tigre, Mezcal Joven, 37% alcohol, 750 ml90/100 points.
The 2023 LVGSA featured an impressive collection of mezcals. The winners included a variety of artisan producers offering many unique products. The world of mezcal is fascinating, displaying an amazing variety of aroma and flavor profiles. If you’re seriously interested in mezcal, this is the perfect place to explore the 2023 LVGSA Platinum and Gold Medalists.
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