Xicaru Mezcal Reposado $45 - 95 Points

With winter upon us, perhaps you're looking for something to help warm the cockles of your heart. And maybe you're also looking to discover something unusual to help close out 2020. If so, this will be worth the search. Made entirely of espadin and aged in medium-toasted barrels for a few months, this double-distilled mezcal is among the best I've ever had. Round, soft flavors support sophisticated smoke that lingers with some weight and accompanied by a vanilla and caramel finish that goes and goes and goes. This is sipping mezcal that is as good neat as it is with a cube or two. Very high quality and extremely approachable. (Purchased) 95 Points