Spirits Review

San Juan Del Río Mezcal

Oaxacan native Efrain Nolasco launched this mezcal to help support the small village of San Juan Del Río where he grew up. At 48 percent alcohol, this isn’t a tame mezcal, yet it’s fascinating. Give it a sniff and marvel at the scents of ripe pineapple, lime and watermelon; the typical smoke notes are there, but it’s more a background note, while lovely citrus tartness and fruit sweetness dance center stage. It’s great on its own, but shines in simpler cocktail preparations, like in an agave-sweetened Margarita.

Reviewed in W&S June 2013.