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Review: Zignum Reposado Mezcal

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.


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  1. Frank April 11, 2014

    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.

    1. Christopher Null April 11, 2014

      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.

  2. Andy August 28, 2014

    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.

  3. Lynda March 25, 2015

    Enjoy this barrel aged mezcal before or after dinner. It is like a simple everyday wine compared to a great Bordeaux. Maybe Coca-cola could be convinced to produce it in the southwest and have it become an American institution like Jack Daniels

  4. Hassan bin Sobah January 12, 2016

    I just cracked open a bottle of Zignum Reposado.
    Not a smokey flavor which is the hallmark of a good Mezcal.

    IMO….what the makers of Zignum have done, is rather than “cut” this tequila/mescal with a disgusting sugar-based alcohol, which quite common with “FAKE” tequilas sold in Mexico….this one tastes like it was cut with a cheap bourbon.

    A welcome change from most of the UNDRINKABLE fake stuff served in Mexican resorts.

    This tastes like a fake tequila/mescal but at least it’s drinkable for $30 bucks. I drink a lot of scotch and any references to scotch are BS. It’s more like a cheap bourbon or Tennessee whiskey.

  5. Mystiqz September 26, 2016

    what anejo mescals would you recommend? thanks!

  6. Brenda December 23, 2020

    Tried this Mezcal and even though it was ok, I don’t consider it a Mezcal.. didn’t have the spicy punch of a Mezcal. Maybe because of the green espadin, not sure. 100% salmiana is a good one in my taste…


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