Scorpion Mezcal is produced in San Agustín de las Juntas, Oaxaca, Mexico by Master Distiller Douglas French. After harvesting at 9-12 years of maturity, agave hearts are steamed in wood-fired masonry ovens for 48-72 hours, then fermented in stainless steel and double-distilled in stainless steel pot stills. Scorpion Mezcal Silver is presented unaged or joven, with all of the fruity, savory & vegetal essences of cooked agave, while the Reposado and Añejo are aged in French oak barrels formerly used for Bordeaux from Saint-Émilion.
Scorpion Mezcal Silver
100% Agave Espadín (Agave angustifolia).
Awards: WSWA 2010 – Double Gold Medal; Spirits of Mexico 2010 – Gold Medal; Beverage Tasting Institute – 94 points/Exceptional – "Clear with a nickel gray cast. Vibrant white ash, saddle soap, suede, weedy gravel, and baked sweet potato follow through on a rich entry to a dryish medium-full body with bold scorched pine tree, grilled pineapple, and raw honey notes. Finishes with a long, dried pineapple and campfire cinder fade. A bold, pure mezcal."
Scorpion Mezcal Reposado
100% Agave Espadín (Agave angustifolia), aged 2-11 months.
Awards: WSWA 2010 – Silver Medal ; Spirits of Mexico 2010 – Gold Medal ; F. Paul Pacult’s Spirits Review - “Superb”/Highly Recommended
Beverage Tasting Institute – 92 points/Highly Recommended – “Pale golden color. Caramelized nuts, dried pineapple and guava, raw honey, smoked prosciutto, and baking spice aromas. A gentle entry leads to a round, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body of smoked applewood and pine, floral talc, honey, and grilled fig flavors. Finishes with a long, white pepper, pine sap, tobacco ember, and caramelized nut fade. A delicious and intriguing mezcal that artfully blend smoky and fruity elements. Will make for great artisan cocktails.”
Scorpion Mezcal Añejo 1 Yr
100% Agave Espadín (Agave angustifolia), aged one year.
Awards: WSWA 2010 – Double Gold Medal & Best Agave Spirit of Show; Spirits of Mexico 2010 – Gold Medal; Food and Wine Magazine 2003 – Spirit Of The Year; Beverage Tasting Institute – 95 points – “Pale copper color with an olive cast. Rich aromas of banana nut cake, toffee, baking spice, and tobacco. A silky, supple entry leads to a dryish medium-full body of rich roasted pecan, leather, honey, cocoa-dusted fig, and exotic peppercorn flavors. Finishes with a long, sumptuous multilayered fade with notes of vanilla bean, white ash minerality, and praline. A superb sipping mezcal.”
Scorpion Mezcal Añejo 5 Yr
Awards: Spirits of Mexico – Gold Medal ; Wine Enthusiast – Superb / Highly Recommended.
Beverage Tasting Institute – 96 points/Superlative, Platinum Medal –“Beautiful golden amber color. Intense aromas of roasted pineapple, raw honey, vanilla, caramel, cinnamon bark, fresh herbs, and smoldering embers. A rich, lush entry leads to a massive, off-dry full-bodied palate of roasted agave, grilled pineapple, wildflower honey, oiled leather, charred oak, exotic peppercorns, and brown spices. Finishes with a long, sweet fade of toffee, peppery spice, and smoky oak. Amazingly complex, balanced, and utterly delicious.”
F. Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal – Highly Recommended – The medium amber/harvest gold color is attractive and pure. The first nosings pick up intriguing, if oddly compelling notes of quinine, burnt match and furniture polish; additional time in the glass brings out deeper scents, especially onion, brine, olives, and damp earth. The palate entry is sooty, sweet, and close to creamy; at midpalate, the taste profile turns zesty, oaky sweet, charcoal-like, and, on the whole, savory. Finishes bittersweet and caramel-like. Nice job.
Scorpion Mezcal Añejo 7 Yr
Awards: Spirits of Mexico – Gold Medal
Beverage Tasting Institute – 97 points/Superlative, Platinum Medal –“Brilliant pale amber color. Vibrant caramel, roasted pineapple, vanilla, pepper, smoky embers, and spice aromas. A supple entry leads to a velvety dry-yet-fruity full-bodied palate with intense vanilla, toffee, agave, grilled pepper, smoky wood, and exotic peppercorn flavors. Finishes with a rich, long fade of mocha, toffee, cracked black pepper, toasted oak, and spices. A wonderful Cognac-like mezcal with a superb wood treatment. A very impressive, world-class spirit.”
F. Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal – Highly Recommended – The deep amber/burnished gold color is clean and free of debris. The first inhalations find typical mezcal scents such as India ink, and vinyl; after seven more minutes of air contact, the aroma adds burned/baked aromas. The palate entry is surprisingly sweet and mild; at midpalate, a robust ashy/sooty flavor takes charge of the flavor proceedings, elbowing out all other taste possibilities. Ends up on a moderately sweet, smoky note that's quite pleasant.
Scorpion Mezcal Tobalá Silver
100% Estate Grown Agave Tobalá (Agave potatorum)
Awards: International Review of Spirits – Platinum
Beverage Tasting Institute – 96 points (Superlative)
"Clear with a silver cast. Bright aromas of white chocolate dipped strawberries, pickled pepper and exotic tropical fruit and blossoms, punches and custards with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and long, complex, delicately smoky incense dried fruit, and leather accented finish. Amazingly vibrant and alluring."
Scorpion Mezcal Tobalá Añejo
100% Estate Grown Agave Tobalá (Agave potatorum), aged one year.
Awards: International Review of Spirits – Platinum
Beverage Tasting Institute – 97 points (Superlative)
"Golden straw green color. Effusive aromas of exotic tropical fruit and goat's milk custard and gouda, grilled pineapples and kiwis, leather, cedar and white chocolate with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a long elegant cigar wrapper ash, anise, starfruit, and chocolate roasted nuts finish. Very vibrantly flavorful, complex and elegant."
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