New mezcal brands are sprouting up left and right. Add newcomer Zomoz to that ever-growing list. The brand launched last June as a joint venture among several Mexican and Mexican-American entrepreneurs: Diego De La Vega, Marlene Avitia, Eloy Cantu, and Mike Fonseca. The name means “we are” in Spanish and is meant to speak to the brands collective backing as well as the “broader immigrant community and their stories.” As for the mezcal itself, this is an unaged Joven expression made from 100% Espadin that has been double distilled in Santiago Matatlan, Oaxaca by fourth generation Maestra Mezcalera Isabel Santiago. It carries an organic certification, as well as a Denominacion de Origen Protegida from Productores Ancestrales de Maguey y Mezcal. Let’s check it out.
This is about as pure an expression of Espadin as you’ll find on the market and clearly designed for sipping. The aroma is delicate, almost creamy, with warm, roasted agave notes, a touch of earthy smoke, some mild black pepper, and a light, powdered sugar sweetness. The palate is soft and round, with an easy warmth. Early notes of sweet agave pulp and muddled mint give way to a bit of white pepper, lemon zest, and buttercream on the midpalate before fading seamlessly into a clean finish of cherry pits, grapefruit peel, and vanilla custard. With artisanal mezcal, it can sometimes be hard to know exactly what kind of flavor profile to expect, but this is about as classic and approachable as the category gets. It’s a little pricey but a worthwhile option in an increasingly crowded marketplace, especially for those new to mezcal.
80 proof. No NOM listed.