Review: Santo Mezquila

Why would someone want to blend mezcal and tequila into the same spirit? I’m not entirely sure what the motivation was, but Sammy Hagar (Van Halen) and Adam Levine (Maroon 5) decided this might be the next big thing, and Santo — aka Santo Puro — has now arrived.

The tequila used is 100% blue agave, and the mezcal is from espadin agave. The two are blended 50-50 to make the final product, so the “you got your tequila in my mezcal” debate can continue unabated, forever.

Let’s give it a whirl!

The nose has the smoke and sweet citrus notes that immediately scream mezcal. Blend or no, on the nose it’s the mezcal that comes through the most clearly — peppery and full of spicy character. The palate tones things down a notch. Santo is sweet and gentle, and while the smoky and pepper are present, they’re dialed back to where even a mezcal novice could enjoy them. This isn’t a bad thing, as it allows notes of apple, caramel corn, and some ruddy carrot notes to come to the fore, which give it a savory bent. The finish is on the short side, but with lingering smokiness and hints of that vegetal character.

80 proof.

B+ / $40 / santomezquila.com

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