La Luna is a new mezcal brand, hailing from Puente International Spirits, based in Etucuaro, Michoacán. Mezcal has been made here since 1910 by the Perez Escot family, where cupreata agave is grown and smoked over white oak to make this spirit. La Luna is reportedly made with a significant attention paid to the farmers and farming practices making it, per the brand, one of the few mezcals that is grown and harvested completely sustainably and biodynamically.
Soft and approachable, La Luna offers a nose of light smoke but is sharpened up with punches of gunpowder, bold and green agave, and some touches of cooked bacon (a natural counterpart with the smoke). The palate keeps the theme going. The smoke here is more pervasive, but it’s well integrated with lots of straightforward citrus notes, plus hints of pineapple and baking spice, but with a slightly edgy finish. It softens up further with air time, showing lots of fruit, touched just so with smoke, as it opens up — making it an easy sipper but also a versatile cocktail ingredient.
Whether you’re a mezcal expert or just starting out, there’s plenty to like in this bottle.
99.12 proof. Reviewed: Lot #7, bottle #312.
A- / $43 / puente-internacional.com