Review: Zignum Reposado Mezcal

A new product from Casa Armando Guillermo Prieto, Zignum Mezcal is made from green Espadin agave. Silver and reposado expressions are currently hitting the market. An anejo will arrive later this year.

We sampled the reposado, aged more than two months in oak barrels. Very lively and fresh, the medium gold color looks too good to be true for a mezcal with just a couple months of age on it. The nose offers marshmallow, cedar planks, and burnt coal embers — just a hint that this is smoky mezcal and not tequila. On the tongue, more of the same: Bracing sweetness, balanced with more smokiness than you get in the nose.

Creamy and rich, this is a lush mezcal that counters the many thin and limp agave products on the market. With good balance and a long, pleasing finish, it’s quite a winner. Great value, too. Looking forward to checking out the anejo down the line.

80 proof. Kosher.

A- / $30 / casaagp.com.mx

Zignum Reposado Mezcal Review: Zignum Reposado Mezcal

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4 Responses to Review: Zignum Reposado Mezcal

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  2. You clearly don’t know real Mezcal. This zignum is owned by coca cola and is an industrial Mezcal. Which goes against all that is traditional Mezcal. Not a bad tasting product but certainly not a good Mezcal. More like a rum in flavor profile. Hence the price point.

  3. So not bad but not good? I try not to base my reviews on distillery ownership but by what’s in the bottle. That said, I freely accept this mezcal has an unconventional, secretive, and perhaps industrial production process as well as the longstanding internet debate over its legitimacy in the mezcal market. Let the good times roll, y’all.

  4. I have to agree with Frank that this Mezcal doesn’t live up to its name. I will admit that the reposado is a delicious spirit, very clean and enjoyable with pleasant notes of caramel and vanilla, and I consider it on par with most of the whiskeys I drink. What I want from a Mezcal, though, is an earthy, peppery reminiscence of Mexico, and this doesn’t fit the bill. I’ve got an unopened bottle of the Zignum anejo that I hope does the job, but I’m not crossing my fingers.

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