Summer Spirits: Hamish's Favourite Tequila & Mezcal
Mijenta Tequila Blanco
Hailing from the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico, Mijenta is a sustainable tequila made with 100% blue weber agave and bottled without filtration. Even the bottles are made from locally sourced stock class, while the labels are produced using agave waste. The flavour profile of this tequila is bright and vibrant, showcasing flavours of melon, honey and cinnamon. Make a margarita with this - you won't ever look back.
Made in the rolling Oaxacan hills of Sierra Juárez in Mexico, the ultra-trendy Madre Mezcal is created with traditional processes; Espadin and Cuixe agave are smoked in the earth and stone-ground in a horse-drawn tahona, before being fermented with water from local wells and wild mountain yeast. The unique liquid is slightly smoky with a sweet herbal fragrance of sage and a lingering floral finish. You'll not taste another margarita like a Madre one.
Fortaleza Blanco Tequila
This traditionally made tequila is made with 100% agave baked in stone ovens, stone-crushed by tahona, fermented in open-air wood tanks and distilled in copper pots. This resulting liquid boasts deep aromas and a refreshing vibrancy on the palate, with complex flavours of green olives, basil, lime and vanilla.
Del Maguey VIDA de San Luis Del Rio Organic Mezcal
The Dela Maguey Vida is the entry-level mezcal from Del Maguey, the go-to popular brand of Mexican mezcal. This is created from Espadin agave, which is double distilled in wood-fired copper stills, you can't go far wrong with this classic mezcal, full of pine, smoke, agave and floral notes.
1800 Añejo Tequila
Winner of Gold Outstanding at the International Wine & Spirits Competition 2022, this 1800 Anejo is aged in small French oak barrels for over 12 months, (and a small proportion of it is even aged in American oak for three years). Very nice indeed to see that tequila makers are looking toward the same maturation processes of Scottish whisky, and when the taste is as great as it is here it’s a surprise it’s not more commonly done!
Casamigos Blanco Tequila
Well known ultra-premium Tequila Blanco was founded by George Clooney and a couple of his best pals! This tequila is made from 100% Blue Weber Agave in Mexico and works perfectly in all appropriate cocktails, though it was made to drink neat - smooth, crisp and refreshing with a citrus zing.