A few months ago, I was educated on mezcal. I was absolutely floored as to the process that it takes to make these products, and so I dove deeper into a few brands and styles. After thirty years of knowing that this stuff existed on the shelf, I found myself enamored with the everything about it, and so here we are with mezcal leading off Christmas week as today’s Sunday Sipper. But hold on, I need you to have an open mind here and try a little something different… Watch this video, then come back – https://youtu.be/Wm1hdocVwgc

White Cap & Black Cap Edition – Montelobos Mezcal Espadin Joven

  • Glass: Tall High Ball or Double Old Fashioned
  • Temperature: Have some ice handy, you’ll need it
  • Other Prep: Bloody Mary Mix or see below for a scratch Bloody Mary mix
  • JJ’s VIP Price: $43.99/bottle
  • Available: Yes, and others like it (At publishing, we are currently out of Montelobos, but more coming)

Terms Explained: Espadin is the variety of agave used for this particular mezcal, and many others as it is the most popular variety. There are 40-50 different varieties of agave that can be used for mezcal. Joven means “young”, which means that this mezcal sees no oak aging.

Tom’s Tasting Note: So, you probably don’t have enough in your sample to really enjoy what I am going to have you try, but you will get the idea. The first thing I want you to do (after watching the video) is smell the mezcal. You will note a very smoky aroma along with honey and green vegetables. Now I want you to taste a tiny bit of this, but make sure to leave a good amount in the bottom of your glass. You will find a viscous liquid with the texture of a fine liqueur and flavor of smoke, honey and again green vegetables.

Now, I want you to add some ice to your glass, and then your favorite Bloody Mary Mix. Not a lot, but enough to get the taste for what we are looking for. If you don’t have Bloody Mary mix, then add 2oz of Tomato Juice, 2 shakes of Worchester Sauce, celery salt to taste and a drop or two of Tobasco sauce. Mix it all up with the mezcal. There, you just made a scratch Bloody Mary mix.

Now taste this wonderful concoction… The Bloody Maria, or Mezcal Bloody Mary, or whatever you want to call it. The smokiness from the mezcal works so well with the other components of the mix, it is, in my opinion, the only way to drink a Bloody Mary going forward.

Joven is the only style of mezcal that I would recommend using for a Bloody Mary. The flavor nuances of Reposado (“rested” 2 months in oak, and up to one year) and Anejo (aged in oak more than one year) mezcals are lost in the mix, and at a price of $80-250/bottle, may be a bit cost prohibitive.

I hope you enjoyed this. Thanks to my friend Brad for helping to put together the mezcal class we did earlier this year. Thanks to my friend Ben for showing me the beauty of the Mezcal Bloody Mary.