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Agave de Cortes Joven

Agave de Cortes Joven was made with agave Espadin in Santiago Matatlan. Unlike the Reposado, Anejo, and Extra Anejo, this mezcal is unaged.

Rating: (3 reviews)
Brand:Agave de Cortes
Mezcalero:Leoncio Santiago
Town:Santiago Matatlan
Age of plant:8-10 years
About this mezcal

Agave de Cortes Joven was made with 100% agave Espadin. It was traditionally produced by mezcalero Leoncio Santiago with a copper still in Santiago Matatlan. At 43% ABV, this mezcal could be either sipped or used in cocktails. This was the first release from the Cortes family that used cultivated Espadin. Given the success of the Nuestra Soledad brand, which also uses cultivated agave Espadin, the Agave de Cortes Joven mezcal is no longer produced at the same frequency as in previous years.

Agave de Cortes

The Cortes family has been producing, packing, and trading mezcal in Santiago Matatlan for five generations. They own and operate the restaurant and mezcaleria known as Mezcalogia in Central Oaxaca City, and they also produce and curate the brands Nuestra Soledad and El Jolgorio

3 reviews

3 of out 5 stars



22 reviews
5 months ago

Edition 13, distilled 2014. This is a middle-of-the-road mezcal, but well made. Nothing stands out: no aggressive smoke, not overly sweet. I assume this is targeted at the cocktail scene and for that it works very well. Probably also a good choice for people new to mezcal.



3 reviews
1 year ago

Aggressively average: nothing to hate, nothing to love. Interesting mix of light, dry notes too ephemeral to name, weirdly similar to dry French sauv blancs. Soft smoke. Servicable, but I’d go elsewhere at this price point.



355 reviews
2 years ago

Edition 20 from 2016. This doesn’t have many strong aromas. Slight hints of rose. This is very light on the palate. It’s dry with notes of green grapes and olive oil. This probably best used as a mixer.

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