Jaral de Berrio Mezcal Blanco

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Jaral de Berrio Mezcal Blanco

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Mezcal Jaral de Berrio

Mezcal Jaral de Berrio is 100% pure Maguey, a variety of Salmiana that has grown naturally in the Mezcal region for centuries. This Maguey is twice as large and has shades of green.

After harvesting, Jaral de Berrio is cooked for 3 days, and the remaining juices are then extracted under the traditional tahona wheel. The juices from both the cooking process and grinding process are mixed together to start fermenting, and then distilled.


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2 reviews
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88
Aroma-Nose
 
88(2)
Initial Taste
 
87(2)
Body
 
83(2)
Finish
 
91(2)
Enjoyability
 
92(2)
Price
 
90(2)
Presentation
 
89(2)
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Overall rating
 
85
Aroma-Nose
 
86
Initial Taste
 
87
Body
 
85
Finish
 
84
Enjoyability
 
86
Price
 
84
Presentation
 
84
Perfectly cristalline and extremely thin in the glass. Initial aromas of olive, mown hay, pear and mild alcohol. Very light on the tongue, it opens with a vague creamy sweetness and unfamiliar grassy flavours. The sweetness soon yields to a mild bitterness at the back of the mouth. Herbal flavours and the noted bitterness dominate a clean but quick and otherwise unremarkable finish, leaving a slight astringency and soft buzz rather than a sharp alcohol tingle.

Overall, it is an unusually light product - completely apart from the smoky depths of other mezcales. It is also only 36% alcohol, and that might explain some of its mild characteristics.
Although there is little in this product that would entice me to buy it again, I do spend time each year in Oaxaca, and will certainly investigate more carefully other mezcales blancos.
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Overall rating
 
91
Aroma-Nose
 
89
Initial Taste
 
86
Body
 
80
Finish
 
98
Enjoyability
 
98
Price
 
95
Presentation
 
94
This Mezcal has put me in between a rock and a hard place. Firstly its a blanco so the flavours and aromas are going to be different to my prefered Repo's and Anejo's. I am not going to say I don't like it but I am not the biggest fan.

I think when you smell a Mezcal there should be a little smoke but with the Jaral there is little to none. The aromas are more floral and herbaceous, more like a high quality tequila. It just tastes a little too commercial for me. Although it does have a long and clean finish, it doesn't really weigh up in the mouth.

Overall, an ok blanco mezcal that would be good for the novice.
L
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