The families that produce Mezcal Union Uno have generations of mezcal experience. Union operates as a sort of collective for several producer-families.
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|COMERCAM:||0288A1015673A, opens in new window|
|Mezcalero:||Jorge Aaron Mendez Cortes, Pedro Hernandez|
|Maguey:||Barril, Cirial, Espadin|
|Style:||Blend, Ensamble, Joven|
|Town:||San Baltazar Guélavila|
|ABV:||38% or 40%|
|Age of plant:||8-20 years|
|Website:||https://mezcalunion.com/, opens in new window|
About this mezcal
Mezcal Unión Uno uses farm-grown maguey Espadin and wild maguey Cirial. This agave is cut and roasted for four days. The families that produce Union have several generations experience as their main craft. Union uses a collection of different producer-families in the region to produce their bottles. Earlier batches of Union Uno contained a third maguey: Barril.
Union is one of the most commonly found mezcals for cocktails in the US and Mexico. Their story says that when starting the company, an old man told them that the future of mezcal would be based on a UNIÓN. That’s how they named the company, and that’s how they decided to make a mezcal that featured different producer families. Though Pedro Hernandez is their master mezcalero, each bottle is produced by a union of Oaxacan families. There may be slight variations of flavor from batch to batch, but not much, as they are now using a Solera process to ensure better consistency.
In February of 2017, Mezcal Union signed a distribution agreement with Diageo. The agreement keeps the ownership of Union in the hands of its founders, while opening the doors to a wider distribution network. In August 2021 it was announced that Diageo would acquire Union’s parent company, Casa UM, for an undisclosed sum.
Read more about Mezcal Union on our blog: Mezcal Union Palenque Tour
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Chad W.11 reviews
Nose is salty, umami and I even picked up on some fresh pretzel
Taste is smokey with notes of firewood and some spice and citrus to follow. Not too much body or complexion to this one but the price is great for the quality. Would mainly use for cocktails but also an approachable sipper.
40% Aromas from the bottle are smokey agave with some acetone. Taste more or less follows dominated by smoke and different paint thinner acetone-like flavors with some sweetness at the end
Pleasant surprise, smells of caramel cookies and key lime pie, light smoke. Well-made mezcal, integrated alcohol, white pepper, boiled agave, vanilla shake, nearly peaty smoke flavours. A bit muted, but very nice
Excellent value for the price point. This mezcal is commonly used in bars for mixing. It has a good smokey, medicinal, vanilla and sweet flavor to it. It’s not as complex as other top shelf mezcals, but it’s pretty good. This would make an excellent entry level Mezcal for those who want to differentiate from tequila. I tried this in a bar margarita and thought it was really good and expected it to be more expensive. Overall I’m impressed and I plan on keeping a bottle around for mixing. Lot: UW-3411
Excellent value for the price point. This mezcal is commonly used in bars for mixing. It has a good smokey, medicinal, vanilla and sweet flavor to it. It’s not as complex as other top shelf mezcals, but it’s pretty good. This would make an excellent entry level Mezcal for those who want to differentiate from tequila. I tried this in a bar margarita and thought it was really good and expected it to be more expensive. Overall I’m impressed and I plan on keeping a bottle around fo
Zack Klamn511 reviews
Lot No: MRU121
Nose: Gentle smoke. Hint of key lime pie. Very slight mild cheddar.
Palate: Smooth smoke all the way through. Vanilla milkshake notes upon entry. Aftertaste has some rubber in there – good though!
The flavors in this 80 proof are balanced and light from start to finish. Extra half star for value.
I had high hopes for this, but sadly, it might be the most disgusting mezcal I’ve ever had 🙁 we really have it a shot, however, I would not recommend this.
My first joven and the mezcal that got me into this incredible spirit. Great in cocktails and as an everyday sipper!
Not a big fan. Is a mixer mezcal. As a mixer the true mystery of mezcal is diluted. Perfect for the year of 2020. Disappointing, but it is what is. And we will appreciate what we have in the moment.
Right there with Vida, Sombra, Casaenemigos.
simply put, this is GREAT for the price point
This one is surprising. Amazing value.
I’ve only found this one when traveling in Colorado. It is incredibly cheap, enough to mix, but you would be surprised when you have it neat. The cirial has a ton of flavor and I wish I could find this one locally. It doesn’t have the same depth as expensive bottles, but this one provides a surprising amount of flavor at its price point.
So drinkable! A little sweet and smoky that goes down smoothly. I honestly wouldn’t want to lose the flavor by adding anything to this except maybe ice.
Vanila and a bit of smoke. Sweet and watery. Very drinkable.
Batch MKU097. A reliable choice for agave-based drinks as it’s well-priced and won’t dominate the overall taste. But, while it works for sipping as well, it doesn’t provide much excitement. Sweet, floral, piney and well-balanced, it’s also rather light and watery with just a hint of smoke. Innocuous. A good start for a mezcal beginner.
A good intro mezcal. It’s not a brute and also lighter on the wallet, especially for a ensamble.
MKU078. Light and fresh. Pine forest, rose water, white pepper, with a sweet vanilla milkshake finish. A bit thin and watery.
Aside from Koch Espadin, this is my everyday Mezcal. Much gentler on the palate due to its lower ABV (40° in France) this nice balance between Espadin and Cirial give you everything you want for a sipping Mezcal. Light peppery notes, a bit of freshness and the kick of earthy and smoky feelings that should linger but not overwhelm your palate in any Mezcal.
Definitely a must for beginners and any Smoky Paloma fan out there !
Still the most well rounded, easy to drink Mezcal. Perfect for introducing someone to this delicious spirit.
Hörky Båmf20 reviews
Commonly available, budget friendly, approachable, good flavor, slightly sweet finish. Best basic mezcal that I’ve found so far at this price point. I really want to try the Viejo.
Buttery vanilla sweetness and floral notes with plenty of smoke. The finish trails off a little soon, and there’s a tendency towards burning alcohol, but not too often and not harsh. Easy sipper, quite good, but not knock-your-socks-off good. Perfect starter.
very nice.vanilla bean and mild black pepper.smooth entry and finish .good mezcal at any price but at 35.00 a bottle,it is a steal.very good sipper.easy to sip on all evening.
Great Mezcal for those whom starting the journey into the Mezcal world.
Well balanced, not to smoky, nice fresh and spicy finish !
Enjoyable mezcal and very well-priced. My top recommended mezcal for those new to the spirit. It’s used in cocktails but decent to sip which makes it versatile. There are notes of vanilla, pine, and citrus. Certain batches have contained barril agave but the ones I’ve tasted are just espadin and cirial at an 90/10 blend. Very smooth and retains nice flavors at 40% ABV. Lot MKU059.
For the price and consistent quality it’s a four star mezcal.
Used mostly for cocktails, though pleasant enough to sip on. Had the usual smoky agave earthiness with pine and citrus as the standout features – perhaps from the Cirial agave that was blended in with the Espadin.
If I could, I’d rate it just below 3 (like a 2.8), because it did seem to lack balance and reminded me too much of Pine-Sol (see pine and citrus reference).
For someone who doesn’t drink mezcal, this was great! Very smooth.
Union is a great go to Mezcal. I love sharing it with friends that are trying Mezcal for the first time!
Mezcal Mary6 reviews
This is a nice, smooth, sipping mezcal. I like to start with a mezcal like Union Joven before moving on to others.
Smokey mezcal. Good price point for the product. Would order this again.
A brilliant, simple, mezcal. This is a great sipper for a nice relaxing evening… Very clean, mellow, and a light touch of fruit.
Excellent smoky taste, that’s easy to drink. Perfectly paired with oranges or other citrus fruit.
Union Joven is a staple in most bars in Texas. I see it everywhere and it’s a great mixer. I’ve also been drinking it neat for several years, and have found that it is very soft and enjoyable. For the price, this is a great mezcal. The blend of agave make this a very easy choice.