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Spirit of the Month: Monte Alban Mezcal Tequila

Each month CellarVie Wines celebrates one of our spirits by publishing four cocktails, one each week, that showcases the unique flavours of the spirit in question. CellarVie Wines are proud to promote Monte Alban Mezcal Tequila Gold for the month of October.

Did you know: Mezcal is made from the agave plant but whereas tequila is made exclusively in the north western state of Jalisco, mezcal is exclusive to Oaxacain in South-western Mexico.

Agave worms, which live inside every cactus, have long been a popular delicacy in Mexico and each bottle of Monte Alban Mezcal contains one of the slippery little devils. The worms are hand-harvested during the rainy summer season, stored in mezcal, and placed in the bottles near the end of the process having been drained and sorted.

There is some mystery surrounding the purpose of the worm, which is actually the larva of one of two moths. One theory suggests the worm is merely a physical reminder of Mezcal’s origins.

Others intimate the worm serves as proof of Mezcal’s lofty alcohol content, which is to say that if the worm remains whole at the bottom of the bottle, the percentage of alcohol in the spirit is high enough to preserve and pickle.

There is an unlikely school of thought that suggests the worm has aphrodisiac qualities, although a bottle of the stuff will inevitably affect sexual performance and indeed have an adverse effect on your appeal to your potential partner.

Some believe the worm has hallucinogenic properties but once again, your efforts to reach the bottom of the bottle will certainly render you with anything but clarity of thought.

A final theory implies the worm gives strength to anyone brave enough to gulp it down.

Tasting note: A fiery and wild spirit with a pronounced nose of smokey oak and dust. An archetypal tequila that recalls imagery of smoke filled saloon bars and half-cut cowboys in the finest Wild West traditions.

A pungent nose is matched by a full-bodied palate and welcomingly tempered by hints of sweet and spicy wood characters.

A large spirit hit and a long warming aftertaste is a testament to the spirit’s 40% alcohol content. 


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