Right after pouring - if you gave this to me blind and said it was mezcal, I’d believe you. The mix of complex citrus notes with sour, sooty wood smoke will fool you. Very nice. As it settles for a few minutes, we’re brought back to whisky territory again. A somewhat buttery maltiness takes the lead, supported by citrus notes - but that mezcal sourness never quite disappears, and you wouldn’t want it to.
There’s compound herbs: lavender, thyme and rosemary. Water reveals a chalkiness and then some tropical fruits emerge. Be careful when diluting, it’s a pretty light dram and doesn’t need a lot.
Spotlessly clean and clear. Good balance. The sweetness of barley sugars mixes with a herbal sourness and light wood spice. The palate is quite a bit more conventional than the nose - I miss the citrus sourness and mezcal notes.
Light but long enough. A soft smoke carries varied herbal notes and some marijuana ash. Very pleasant.