Sales of mezcal in this country are soaring up the charts with a bullet. Consumers looking for spirits loaded with character and authenticity have struck gold with the expanding roster of 100% agave mezcals. Stringent production standards have been put into place within the industry that ensure the utmost degree of quality such that the mezcals of today bear little resemblance to the worm-laded spirits of the past. A sterling example of just how compelling these Oaxacan gems can be is Kimo Sabe Reposado 100% de Agave.
The range's unaged mezcal is the Kimo Sabe Joven 100% Agave Mezcal. Bottled fresh out of the still at 43% alcohol (86 proof), the mezcal has ideal clarity with a lightweight, satiny texture and a generous helping of herbal, lemon, lime and roasted pepper aromas. It is advisable to let the mezcal breathe a little longer in the glass. Its alluring bouquet needs some additional time to fully open up. Be assured your patience will be rewarded.
The mezcal raises little heat upon entering the palate. It quickly expands filling the mouth with tantalizing pepper and herbaceous flavors. It is remarkably well balanced, countering the the spicy heat with zesty citrus and roasted agave.
The brand ratchets up the sophistication with Kimo Sabe Reposado. Aged in charred, American white oak, the mezcal, 41.5% alcohol (83 proof), has a pristine, reddish/golden appearance, a satiny, curvaceous body and an enticing bouquet comprised of toffee, caramel, vanilla, spicy cinnamon and nutmeg aromas. The longer you nose this beautiful reposado mezcal, the more aromas will come wafting forth. The easy sipping spirit is impressively tempered, raising little heat in the throat. The long and lingering finish.
Either of these elegant mezcals would perform like champs featured in a mezcal-based cocktail. True as that might be, I recommend tasting both neat at room temperature before mixing them in drinks.
I find the brand name particularly appropriate. To the Sonoran Indians the words Kimo Sabe mean "trusted friend." And that's exactly how they strike me, as trusted friends.