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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: (5 reviews)
Brand:Agave de Cortes
NOM:NOM-O98X
Mezcalero:Leoncio Santiago
Maguey:Espadin
Agave:Angustifolia
Distillation:Copper
Style:Joven
State:Oaxaca
Town:Santiago Matatlan
ABV: 45%
Age of plant: 8-10 years
Website: https://casacortes.mx/, opens in new window

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. It entered the market in 2015 at 43% ABV, but Casa Cortes changed that to 45% ABV back in 2016. 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

5 reviews

3 out of 5

CMWest

CMWest

4 reviews
Rated 3 out of 5 stars2 years ago

A bottle with simple flavors that aren’t too aggressive. Not a lot going on, but it won’t disappoint. A solid choice for inexpensive cocktails.

Cy Bister

Cy Bister

26 reviews
Rated 3 out of 5 stars2 years ago

Not much going on aroma-wise, very mild river stone and agave. Taste is quite mild with a decent spicy heat on the finish. Hard to really separate out any flavors, though it’s definitely a pleasant drink. Best summed up as a decent semi-sweet, non-smoky mescal. Nothing more, nothing less.

Mansson

Mansson

71 reviews
Rated 3 out of 5 stars3 years 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.

AndrewF

AndrewF

3 reviews
Rated 3 out of 5 stars4 years 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.

Jonny

Jonny

582 reviews
Rated 3 out of 5 stars5 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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