A regal take on what many consider to be an essentially rustic distillate, Don Amado Añejo shows amazing complexity beyond simple smoke, and is a great example how barrel flavours can complement rather than mask agave’s wild charms.
In the highlands of southern Mexico, the renowned Arellanes family has been crafting one of the region's most celebrated mezcals since the late 1700s.
Eleven generations of continual mezcal distillation with a legendary commitment to craftsmanship and experimentation have culminated in a spirit that is simultaneously complex and approachable. Don Amado is made from earthen roasted maguey hearts which are, after crushing, fermented together with their piña fibres for a rich maguey character. The mash is then double distilled in small traditional ceramic clay pots. Aged varieties are matured in American oak casks previously used for barrelling Pedro Domecq brandy.
AROMA: Savoury, mesquite aromas hint at barbecue and toasted cayenne pepper, while flavours flow between layers of baked stone fruit from the brandy barrel aging.
TASTE: Palate continues in similar form with notes of grilled pineapple, and the finish shows a long, bright and refreshing saline minerality.
ENJOY: Sipping mezcal is enjoyed slowly and with friends. Makes premium cocktails.