This mezcal is made from 100% espadín from Santiago Matatlán, Oaxaca. The agaves are split and placed in an earthen pit lined with volcanic rocks heated by oak wood fire where they cook for 4-6 days. The cooked agaves are crushed by a horse-pulled stone tahona and the resulting aguamiel is allowed to ferment for 2-8 days. After double-distillation, the mezcal rests for 30 days before bottling at 80 proof.
Casamigos Joven Mezcal Tasting Notes
Nose: Hints of tamarind and pomegranate aromas are followed by herbal tones of fresh mint and dried oregano.
Palate: Delicate notes of smoke and black pepper lead.
Finish: Long silky finish.
The label was launched in 2013,by the American actor George Clooney, nightlife entrepreneur Rande Gerber, and property developer Mike Meldman.The name Casamigos comes from the Spanish “casa” and “amigos,” house and friends, thus “house of friends.” Friends Gerber and Clooney were building their vacation homes next to each other in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, sampling tequilas together for months, and Clooney recommended they simply make their own type of tequila to taste. Bringing in Meldman, they commissioned a distillery in Jalisco, Mexico to make them a tequila that “tasted great and didn’t burn going down,” among other qualities such as little hangover and ability to drink straight or with ice. After ordering “a thousand bottles a year” from the distillery to sample for two years, they were asked by the distillery to get a business license to order the liquor as a full product. According to CNBC, the company was indeed only a private collection of tequila for the co-founders and their associates, with no intent of taking the company public.