Los Danzantes Mezcal was created with the establishment of a small mud-brick distillery in 1997 in Santiago Matatlan, in Oaxaca’s Tlacolula Valley by brothers Jaimé and Gustavo Muñoz, owners of the award-winning Los Danzantes Restaurants in Oaxaca City and Coyoácan, Mexico City. They present regional Mexican cuisine on international standards, emphasizing authentic local ingredients.
Los Danzantes starts with the harvest and roasting of mature agaves in a earthen fire pit using mesquite for fuel. The roasted agaves are crushed and juiced using a traditional horse-drawn tahona. Wild yeast fermentation of the milled solids and juice takes about 1-2 weeks in open 300-gallon pine vats. The fermented juices and solids are then double-distilled in copper pot stills – with the second distillation done in a 300 litre Portuguese-made copper pot brandy still.In 2013, the President of Mexico awarded Grupo Los Danzantes the Annual National Quality Award of Mexico.
The aroma is macho and lightly sweet with a typical amount of alcohol. Agave is moderate and suave, with kind of a “green” feel to it, probably because it is 100% espadin maguey. It is fairly woody, with kind of a “toasty” feel to it. Moderate smoke.
The taste is macho, a bit hot, and lightly sweet. Medium mouth feel, moderate agave and strong wood. There is nice complexity and a good balance between the wood and agave. The finish has macho intensity and moderate burn, and becomes less sweet. Moderate agave, strong wood, and medium duration.
This is a pretty nice mezcal, and one that is more accessible than some because it is not too smoky and the agave is mellowed some by the aging. I think it has good complexity and great balance, and thus is very drinkable. It definitely leans more on the aged side of mezcals, so it’s less of a kick in the pants than some of the more macho unaged mezcals.
Rating: ★★★★★★★★★ 9/10
★: Drink out of a paper bag in a gutter during a storm.
★★: Terrible, only drink for a dare.
★★★: Meh, not undrinkable but best left alone.
★★★★: Best served mixed with something with flavor.
★★★★★: Reasonable, middle of the road.
★★★★★★: Tasty stuff, well worth seeking out.
★★★★★★★: Impressive, something you can proudly share.
★★★★★★★★: Fantastic addition to any bar or collection.
★★★★★★★★★: Incredible, booze doesn’t get much better than this.
★★★★★★★★★★: Nectar of the God’s, sell the house and move in next to the Distiller