Mezcal's bubble shows no sign of bursting and as demand increases, so does the call for an entry-level option. Authenticity and affordability have never been the easiest of bedfellows--especially so for a spirit often produced by techniques that have been unchanged for hundreds of years. Indeed, most attempts to hit a lower price-point have come at the expense of both Mezcal's ancestral roots and the equality of those who craft it. Taking a people-first approach to their treasured local drink, the young founders behind Mezcal Union set out to change all that. To date, the Union has brought together more than 50 families across 20 palenques, offering them all a fair-trade business model and a path to social and economic development.
Uno starts out with soft layers of sweet citrus and panna cotta before moving toward archetypal Espadín notes of roasted tropical fruit combined with a little salinity and a hint of pepper. The level of smokiness is spot-on, confidently present without overwhelming. There's also an edge of citrus peel and a twist of green herbs in the mix--echoes of the wild Cirial. Perfectly primed for mixing, it's a great, well-priced Mezcal to have in the drinks cabinet.
"The ripe, fruity style of this mezcal lends itself to making margarita variations and other cocktails. Look for tropical fruit flavors like lychee and banana, and a mild note of jalapeño on the finish." 92 points, Wine Enthusiast