Oro de Oaxaca Mezcal
Distillery: Licorera Qaxaquena Oro de Oaxaca NOM-038X
Nothing about Oro de Oaxaca Mezcal screams “premium.” It’s got a cheap bottle (with plastic cap), primary-color logo, and mystery bag of “chile” attached to the neck (more on that in a moment)… and of course it’s also got a worm sunken to the bottom of the bottle.
Ignore all that and tuck into a glass.
Intensely smoky on the nose and the palate, Oro de Oaxaca is one of the biggest mezcals around. If you're into the smoke thing, you're going to love this stuff...
Beneath the smoke, there's a bit of fire -- some alcoholic heat, a touch of sweetness, and green pepper notes. Pleasant overall, really, with that smoke laced throughout.
Oro de Oaxaca is light gold in color but it doesn't indicate (nor can I discern) how long it's been aged, if at all (that is, whether caramel color plays a large role here). I wouldn't guess it spends long in barrels -- maybe a few months. What wood is here is washed out by the smokiness, anyway.
Oh, and about that little bag of chile: It's salt, ground chile pepper, and ground-up roasted maguey worms. Hey, hey -- come back. It's not that gross. The flavor is actually pretty good, salty/spicy just as you'd expect, and not too hot nor too wormy. There are no instructions included for its consumption, but I presume it's a substitute for the salt in the traditional salt-booze-lime shot combo. If you're the kind of guy that pounds his tequila/mezcal, well, you could do worse than having a little ground-up worm in your salt. That's protein, folks.
"The teacher Renner Don José López Escobar in 1940 begins a new story in the Mezcal industry being at its time the Mayor farmer Agave, the largest distiller of handcrafted drink. Devoting all his passion to create the best mezcal ever existed.
All her family focused their efforts to enlarge the distillate industry in the year 1985 the idea of Oro de Oaxaca Mezcal is conceived. Each bottle of Mezcal born with the careful selection of the best plants in the region and is distilled with the same ancestral art.
Oro de Oaxaca Mezcal is double distilled to ensure purity of their unique flavors and aromas.
Caballeros inc. Importers of Fine mezcals de Oaxaca is a company calls their mezcals “scorpion mezcals” They have 14 mezcals total, 1 of which is Oro de Oaxaca Mezcal.