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Contraluz Cristalino

Contraluz Mezcal is rested for more than 1 year in American Oak and then filtered to remove the color.

Rating: (2 reviews)
Brand:Contraluz Mezcal
NOM:NOM-O12X
Maguey:Espadin
Agave:Angustifolia
Distillation:Copper
Style:Cristalino
State:Oaxaca
Town:Tlacolula
ABV: 36% or 40%
Release year: 2016
Website: https://www.mezcalcontraluz.com/, opens in new window

About this mezcal

Contraluz Mezcal Cristalino is sourced by mezcalero Don Carlos León Monterrubio from producers in the Tlacolula de Matamoros region of Oaxaca. Don Carlos transforms the joven Maguey Espadin (Agave angustifolia) mezcal into an aged cristalino. Originally, releases of this mezcal were aged for more than 12 months in American oak barrels and then filtered. As of 2022, the process involves resting the mezcal for 6 months in charred American oak barrels before being filtered through activated charcoal.

Contraluz debuted in Mexico in 2016 and arrived in the US in 2022 at $60 a bottle. Contraluz claims to be the world’s first cristalino mezcal. In 2022, Colombian singer Maluma (Juan Luis Londoño Arias) joined the Contraluz team as the face of the brand as it eyes expansion.

Contraluz Mezcal

Mezcal Contraluz claims to be “the only clear aged mezcal” and as of 2019, that seems to be true. Mezcal Contraluz is available in Mexico City other popular destinations in Mexico.

2 reviews

2.75 out of 5

AdrianM

AdrianM

18 reviews
Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars1 month ago

IMO, may be a good mixer, but for the price, better options out there that fill that purpose. This “innovation” of being a cristalino just strips the juice out of its potential richness and complexity. Feels thin and watered down, some smoke, no depth, vanilla notes come out, but maybe due to some additives present. Falls on the entry level mezcal section, but I would not recommend for sipping after getting used to higher proofs and better quality juice.

edgy4sure

edgy4sure

39 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars2 years ago

difficult to find (unfortunately) but man, is this stuff good. it’s quite mild compared to most mezcals, and it is short on ABV (35%) but my god it drinks very, very well. I love it.

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