Mezcal is a Mexican spirit similar to tequila; however, it is distilled from a different type of agave (maguey as opposed to tequila's blue agave) and has a smokier flavor. I first had this particular elixir as part of a tasting flight during a friend's birthday party and liked to so much that a bottle found its way to my home during the holidays. This libation is incredibly well balanced. The delicate fruity floral and distinctive smokey flavors of the maguey are elevated by the secondary flavors imparted by barrel aging—vanilla, caramel, toffee. This is a sipping spirit. Enjoy neat, paired with the company of friends, loved ones and lingering conversation.