Mezcal IZO Joven is hand crafted with maguey Cenizo down a rural road in Boca de Mezquital, Durango, Mexico.
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|Mezcalero:||Jose de Jesus Gonzalez|
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About this mezcal
IZO Joven is made with maguey Cenizo (agave Durangesis) in Boca de Mezquital, Durango, Mexico. As of early 2019, they are a newer brand to the US market. Their Maestro is named Jose de Jesus Gonzalez, who produces at the IZO facility.
IZO Spirits (originally called IZO mezcal) is a company from San Diego, which bottles mezcal from Durango, MX. Both the mezcal and the packaging are a unique and modern take on this spirit. They custom designed the bottle, adding a smoke effect to represent the smoking process of the agave hearts. Their label is made just a few miles from their office, by Clove St. Press; each one is hand-pressed on a 19th century letterpress machine. Their cap is made of genuine onyx stone sourced from the mountains surrounding their distillery in Durango, Mexico.
In 2021, the brand raised money via the StartEngine platform at a $25 million pre-money valuation
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I just tried this at a event in Phoenix and it was great earthy with a melon pop. The other reviews on this are 1-2 years old so I dont know if they got it dialed in on production since then but I enjoyed it. I think it has a nice smooth light smoke finish that is enjoyable. They have a 42% version that was used in Cocktails that I enjoyed even more
Not sure what to make of this “mezcal” – just tastes like they had some issues with production and need to refine their product. Avoid tasting this at all costs until they remedy their production process. Some amazing Cenizos from Durango on the market so just look somewhere (anywhere) else. Undrinkable.
On the nose, there is a food-like peppery aroma, but it is like almost like raw chicken. On the palate, there are some wild food notes as well: uncooked chicken, peppercorn, and ripe asparagus. Something about it doesn’t sit well unfortunately. It is 47% ABV which can be a good indicator of authentic mezcal but something about it doesn’t make me want to sip anymore. Lote: 001-18.
Lots 001-18. Smells like seafood (shrimp, cod, and crawfish) and curry….. Pungent! Also aromas of dead goat and spoiled milk….. Taste like vomit….. Vomited hot milk. On a high note… Love the cap on the bottle! It’s made out of stone! Very cool. The mezcal: undrinkable. Couldn’t finish a half ounce pour.
Without a doubt the worst mezcal I’ve ever had but you decide for yourself.