Over the last few years, a number of new mezcals have come to the USA in response to exploding interest in the smoky agave distillate. Gracias a Dios, Spanish for “Thank God,” is a joven (unaged) mezcal made by Oscar Hernández. It is made with 100% espadín agave grown in Matatlán, Oaxaca. It deserves note that the facility where it is made is 100% solar powered, and 60% of the water in their mezcal making process is collected from rain (180,000 liters per year). Let’s give it a try.
On the nose, Gracias a Dios Espadín presents with light smoke balanced with an herbal character and bell pepper. There is also a trace of ethanol. The palate follows suit and is much more expressive. Bold smoke and herbal notes balance each other nicely, and slightly sweet notes of bell pepper appear as well. All well and good. On the downside, the ethanol that appears on the nose is stronger here, and the mezcal runs pretty hot. This is a great mezcal for cocktails, though: The price point is excellent, and the higher proof and bold flavors let it stand out among other ingredients. That said, it’s a bit hot for sipping straight.
90 proof. NOM 0223X.
B / $35