“Ilegal” Mezcal Añejo

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    This double distillation of agave from Oaxaca, Mexico, brings credibility to mezcal’s former “bad boy” image, which usually evokes a sour, smoky flavor. The smoke is still there (the result of cooking espadín agaves in smoldering, stone-lined pits), but the sourness has become sweet, providing a polished refinement worthy of a martini glass. The añejo is especially notable, with accents of toasted marshmallow and cotton candy.

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