George Clooney and the rest of the team behind Casamigos Tequila have extended the brand with another agave spirit, Casamigos Mezcal.
Described as “uniquely smooth, easy to drink and smoked to perfection”, the mezcal is sourced from a family-owned producer in Santiago Matatlán in Oaxaca, crafted from 100% Espadin agaves.
Available as an unaged joven expression, it follows the launch of Casamigos Tequila in 2013. It was introduced in the UK in 2015 and sold to Diageo last year but continues to be distributed by Cellar Trends.
Rande Gerber, who founded the brand with the Hollywood actor, said: “I think people will love our mezcal as much as we do. We have proven to never settle for anything but the best and are extremely proud of what our family in Oaxaca have created.
“The fact that their tradition has continued over four generations shows their dedication to perfection and we are extremely proud to add this to our Casamigos family.”
The agave is cooked for four to six days in earthen pits lined with volcanic rocks, heated by a slow-burning oak fire. After cooling, they are crushed by a horse-drawn tahona wheel and fermented for two to eight days before being distilled in copper pot stills.
It is twice distilled and, after resting for 30 days, is diluted with mountain spring water and bottled at 40% ABV. Each batch is tasted and approved by George and Rande who both founded the brand with Mike Meldman.
According to the brand’s tasting notes, the mezcal is balanced and elegant, offering harmonious hints of tamarind, pomegranate, banana and mango. Fresh herbal mint aromas, dried oregano and thyme lend character to the mezcal. The delicate tones of smoke, hints of liquorice and mineral nuances lead to a long silky finish.
Casamigos Mezcal is recommend for drinking in the traditional way, slow-sipped at room temperature – ideally from the Mexican clay shot bowls called copitas.