Review: Don Amado Mezcal Rustico

da-rustico2Don Amado makes a line of regular, 80-proof mezcals (blanco, reposado, and anejo — none of which we tasted but which are pictured nonetheless), but this is Rustico, a higher-proof mezcal bottled at a big 94 proof. (The same distillery also makes Mina Real, which we recently reviewed.) These are Oaxaca mezcals, double-distilled in ceramic stills and triple filtered before bottling, but the overall production method for Don Amado (unlike Mina Real), is fairly traditional. Here’s how it shakes out.

The nose hints at smoke, but the overproof alcohol level balances that out by adding quite a bit of fire, at least at first blush. On the body, that heat isn’t anywhere nearly that overpowering. Rather, it’s a very pretty silver mezcal, not particularly smoky but rather well-balanced among light ember notes, citrus, apple wood, and a bit of marshmallow cream on the back end. The finish is moderate but cleansing, leaving you with neither a mouthful of smokiness nor a sickly sweet mess. Very inviting and easy to sip, don’t let the older-than-old-school label fool you: This is one of the finer mezcals available on the U.S. market today.

The name is also a bit of a mystery. The overall effect of this spirit is not particularly rustico but rather refinado. Really worthwhile.

94 proof. Reviewed: Lot #10.

A- / $44 / haas-brothers.com

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4 Responses

  1. Mic Swagger September 30, 2014 / 5:35 pm

    Hey, by the way, seems your pic is wrong here. Maybe I’m wrong but you list your review at 94proof, yet the image only illustrates products with 80proof.

  2. Christopher Null September 30, 2014 / 5:55 pm

    Correct — the distillery did not have a picture of the Rustico when we did this review originally. Pictured were the standard Don Amado line. I have found the correct image and updated. Thanks!

  3. Mic Swagger September 30, 2014 / 5:58 pm

    Props! And, I cannot truly order this from HaasBrothers, can I? So far its just Binnys I’ve found it…

  4. Christopher Null September 30, 2014 / 6:03 pm

    Correct, you’d have to go to a retailer.

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