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Cráneo Espadin

Cráneo Organic Mezcal is a single village artisanal mezcal handcrafted by local maestro mezcaleros and agave aficionado David Ravandi in Santiago Matatlán.

Rating: (5 reviews)
Brand:Cráneo Mezcal
NOM:NOM-O425X
Maguey:Espadin
Agave:Angustifolia
Distillation:Copper
Style:Joven
State:Oaxaca
Town:Santiago Matatlan
ABV: 42%
Release year: 2016
Website: http://www.mezcalcraneo.com/, opens in new window

About this mezcal

Cráneo Organic Mezcal is a single village artisanal mezcal handcrafted by local maestro mezcaleros and agave aficionado David Ravandi in Santiago Matatlán, Oaxaca. Cráneo Organic Mezcal begins with hand selecting 100% organic agave grown at 5,600 ft. Harvested when fully matured, charred pit oven roasted piñas are then crushed by a stone tahona to extract the agave juice. Once natural fermentation occurs, small batches of Cráneo Organic Mezcal are distilled twice in copper pot stills. The skull depicted on their label was inspired by the Aztec Goddess Mictecacihuatl, the guardian of the bones, which symbolizes strength and influence.

Cráneo Mezcal

Cráneo Organic Mezcal is the creation agave aficionado David Ravandi. Founder of 123 Spirits, David Ravandi also has 123 Organic Tequila and El Luchador Organic Tequila Blanco 110 in his portfolio. The agaves used in Mezcal Cráneo are USDA- and EU-certified organic.

 

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5 reviews

3.3 out of 5

Tyler

Tyler

580 reviews
Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars3 months ago

Pretty basic flavor profile. Alcohol and sour lime. Seems like I’m sipping the tails. Just had some cocktails and it still seems a bit hot. Didn’t catch the batch number. Sipped at The Eddy in Providence, Rhode Island.

Cy Bister

Cy Bister

26 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars12 months ago

Lot: 19-15284-CR-04
Aroma is lovely, bright jackfruit and desert asphalt roads. There’s definitely some vanilla, chaparral herbs, and more than a little campfire. Taste is on the sweet side, with nice peppery notes and a significant minerality comes into play that wasn’t there on the aroma. But on the finish, it all just sort of drops away and crashes, curiously. That might sound unpleasant or like a deal-breaker, but it really isn’t, and I think it’s just a shortcoming of the ABV. It’s still a nice sipper. If the ABV were about 5-7% more, this could be exceptional.

Lot: 19-15284-CR-04
Aroma is lovely, bright jackfruit and desert asphalt roads. There’s definitely some vanilla, chaparral herbs, and more than a little campfire. Taste is on the sweet side, with nice peppery notes and a significant minerality comes into play that wasn’t there on the aroma. But on the finish, it all just sort of drops away and crashes, curiously. That might sound unpleasant or like a deal-breaker, but it really isn’t, and I think it’s just a shortcoming o

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Zack Klamn

Zack Klamn

471 reviews
Rated 3 out of 5 stars2 years ago

Lot No. 19-14566 CR-04
Nose: Citrus sweet – a tad of vanilla.

Palate: Rubber. Raw sugar. Heavy smoke profile but nice. Overall, it’s decent – slightly rough on finish.

Firesidesipper

Firesidesipper

34 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars2 years ago

This is a nice Espadin. Crisp and flinty, with notes of minerals and wet earth. A worthy sipper. Not sure what the story is with the Lot # on my bottle. 17-1815 is typed, with TXE-08 handwritten over it.

Eagleeye

Eagleeye

5 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars2 years ago

This is my everyday standby. Just wish the cork was a little more reliable. Bottle itself with artwork is pretty cool. Can enjoy in an elevated cocktail or can hold its own neat. Nothing but love in the bottle.

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