Mezcal Amaras, producers of ancestral and artisanal mezcals, feature three different offerings in their core lineup, and Cupreata is easily the most exotic. It is made from one of the rarest of all agave varieties, which grows wild 4,000 to 6,000 feet above sea level in Guerrero, Mexico. The climate is so difficult on those slopes that cupreata agave must grow for 13 years on average before it is ready to harvest. After a natural fermentation in open-air vats, it is double distilled in copper pot stills, yielding a truly remarkable spirit. The smoky aroma, common to most mezcals, is uniquely bright with notes of green wood, fresh mesquite chips, apple, pine sap, and a touch of fleshy melon. The palate is generously sweet with earthy notes of muddled mint and pecan shells complemented by pulpy citrus, plantain, and a bit of bubblegum. A lacing of peppery, smoldering campfire carries through into a long finish of sweet cigar smoke and dried stone fruit. A mezcal that tastes as rare as its origins.
Alcohol %: 43
Producer: Mezcal Amaras
Importer/Distributor: Casa Amaras, web page: