Mike Morales & Rick Levy taste & discuss Scorpion Mezcal Anejo.
From the Scorpion Mezcal Website:
Scorpion Mezcal Añejo 5 Year
Highly Recommended, Spirit Journal.
Platinum Medal / 96 points, BTI.
Superb / Highly Recommended, Wine Enthusiast.
(100% Agave, 750 ml, 40% abv)Rare limited edition French glass decanter with stopper
Beautiful golden amber color. Intense aromas of roasted pineapple, raw honey, vanilla, caramel, cinnamon bark, fresh herbs, and smoldering embers. A rich, lush entry leads to a massive, off-dry full-bodied palate of roasted agave, grilled pineapple, wildflower honey, oiled leather, charred oak, exotic peppercorns, and brown spices. Finishes with a long, sweet fade of toffee, peppery spice, and smoky oak. Amazingly complex, balanced, and utterly delicious. BTI
The medium amber/harvest gold color is attractive and pure. The first nosings pick up intriguing, if oddly compelling notes of quinine, burnt match and furniture polish; additional time in the glass brings out deeper scents, especially onion, brine, olives, and damp earth. The palate entry is sooty, sweet, and close to creamy; at midpalate, the taste profile turns zesty, oaky sweet, charcoal-like, and, on the whole, savory. Finishes bittersweet and caramel-like. Nice job. F. Paul Pacults’ Spirit Journal
Appearance: Interesting gold / amber color in the bottle – about the same color as a bourbon (but not a scotch) of the same age. A honey oak or smokey brown color.
First Impression: Brine, phenol, mesquite sap, salt.
Taste: Brine, herbs de Provence, salt, smoke, oily, almost like duck fat cooked over a smoky wood fire- saltpeter/niter, alkali, slick mouth feel, almost paradoxical sweet/bitter and definite viscosity.Spirits Review
Caballeros Inc. recently introduced these very special, limited edition, rare bottlings of 100% agave mezcal aged in oak barrels. Besides the difference in age, Scorpion Mezcal® Reserva Añejo 5 Year is double distilled and Scorpion Mezcal® Gran Reserva Añejo 7 Year is triple distilled. Each is bottled in heavy French glass with the signature scorpion at the bottom (inside) of each hand-numbered bottle. Special super-sized scorpions were included in these unique editions to the Scorpion Mezcal® family of products.
Out of 52 tequilas and mezcals reviewed at the 2005 Beverage Testing Institute’s International Review of Spirits, both the Scorpion Mezcal® Reserva Añejo 5 Year and Scorpion Mezcal® Gran Reserva Añejo 7 Year, were awarded Platinum medals and given a score of 96 and 97 respectively. The BTI also considered both spirits to be of “Superlative” quality.
This award-winning Scorpion Mezcal® Reserva 5 Year Old is a rare limited edition mezcal in a French glass decanter with a scorpion in every bottle. This Special Reserve spends 5 years aging in oak barrels of less than 200 liters. Singel barrel bottlings of our aged products ensures premium quality mezcal.