El Silencio Offers the Softer Side of Mezcal

  • El Silencio

Mezcal is sometimes treated like tequila’s evil twin. For many drinkers, mezcal is not as refined as many aged tequilas and is rougher in composure, sentiments derived from its strong, sour, and smoky characteristics. But with El Silencio ($75)—which translates to “the silence,” a phrase meant to convey that this mezcal can be quietly sipped and savored, much like a fine snifter-worthy libation—tequila’s evil twin is now much more approachable.

Although it still offers the telltale hint of sweet smoke—as with traditional mezcals, the agave used to create this example is roasted in an open rock-lined pit—El Silencio is much gentler than most mezcals. The secret to its softness lies in its blend of three different organically grown agaves (espadín, mexicano, and tobasiche), as opposed to just one species used in other varieties. After roasting, the agaves used in El Silencio are crushed and their juices are double distilled in copper pot stills, resulting in a smooth, buttery flavor that softens the smoke. (www.mezcalelsilencio.com)

From Around the Web...
Finished in Scotch casks, only 30 barrels of the 14-year-old expression exist…
From an 1891 sour mash to a pre-embargo Cuban Rum, each bygone bottle is sold through Soutirage…
Templeton Rye releases a special bottle to commemorate 10 years of being in business legally…
Connoisseurs who purchase a case of this Champagne will also receive a free trip to France…
The Loch Lomond region just might be the most under-sung capital of great Scotch…
The Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old uses a blend of distillations and a surprising blend of casks...
With the loosening of some rules (not all), these are the 10 Cubans to collect and smoke now…
Mark its anniversary—or yours—with a Champagne brunch or a flute of one of three favorites…
A 1966 whisky, 100-point wines, a Cognac fit for a tsar—these spirited gifts are sure to impress…
This extraordinary whiskey is one of the oldest ever released by Macallan…