New Booze: Zignum Mezcal Anejo
By Camper English
After the debut of Zignum Mezcal’s Silver and Reposado varietals last year, Oaxaca-based and Mexican-owned distillery Casa Armando Guillermo Prieto announces the launch of Zignum Mezcal Añejo in the U.S. market. The Añejo, like the other two, will first be introduced to the South Florida market and will expand to other states by the end of this year – starting with Chicago in October.
Zignum Mezcal Añejo ($49.99)is made with 100 percent green agave, and is aged for more than 12 months in white American oak barrels and French oak barrels. As with the other two previously launched varietals, Zignum Añejo is certified Kosher.
Zignum Mezcal’s other styles are the Silver Mezcal ($25.99) and Reposado Mezcal ($29.99).
Casa Armando Guillermo Prieto is the first mezcal production plant certified as Clean Industry and Kosher.
Mezcal is produced by cooking, fermenting and distilling extracted juices from green agave plants native to the Mexican state of Oaxaca. With more than 400 years of history, it is Mexico’s oldest spirit. The production process, untouched by human hands, is what sets Zignum Mezcal apart from others in the category. The brand uses only green agaves—known as espadin—a long, pointed-leafed agave grown for a minimum of eight years before it is plucked from the earth and separated from its pineapple-like core.
In traditional production techniques, pieces of agave plants are placed in holes in the ground and “cooked” using layers of hot stones and banana leaf wrappings. This process does not allow smoke to escape, therefore penetrating the agave chunks and giving them a distinct raw, smoky flavor. In contrast, Zignum Mezcal extracts the juices of the agave plant before steam-cooking them, which eliminates the smoky taste.
Zignum Mezcal will be launching later this year in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. For more information on the brand and where to buy, visit www.zignummezcal.com or www.facebook.com/zignum.
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