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.
Apperance: Amazing bottle design, keeps the aesthetics of the Mezcal history with a modern feel. Also branding is above par. Darker color with well-matured and rounded flavors. Smooth and mellow with a long and gentle finish.
Tasting Note: “Aged for sixteen months in Nevier oak barrels. Darker colour with well-matured and rounded flavours. Smooth and mellow with a long and gentle finish”.
The mesquite smokiness becomes focused to something resembling peat in an Islay malt. Clean, refined, well-structured, and elegant, with a deep long finish.
“Lightly smoked cigar box nose with nutty herbal aromas. Faintly sweet, vanilla and caramel palate with very light smoke and nutty, herbal notes. Herbal, leather and vanilla finish with lingering light smoke.”
Rating: ★★★★★★★ 7/10
★: 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 better than this.
★★★★★★★★★★: Nectar of the God’s, sell the house and move in next to the Distillery