GSN Review: Kimo Sabe Mezcal

Kimo Sabe Mezcal, translated to “a trusted friend” is a family-crafted artisan mezcal imported from Oaxaca, Mexico. The company is run by father-daughter team Jim and Ashley Walsh, who bring years of experience in the agricultural production of food and drink flavors. Jim and Ashley oversee every step of Kimo Sabe production – from the cultivation of agave plants in both Oaxaca and Zacatecas, Mexico through its distillation process and all the way to consumers’ tables.

Since rolling out nationally over the last year in CaliforniaNevadaArizona and New JerseyKimo Sabe has helped mezcal impact the spirits industry in a way that hasn’t been seen since Buffalo Trace invigorated the resurgence of bourbon. Through education, approachability and creative mixology, mezcal has emerged as the fastest-growing spirits category and the second most trending alcohol on social media, offering consumers an alternative to tequila.

Mezcal is a Mexican spirit that captures the flavors of dozens of types of agave, versus only one (Blue Weber) used in the production of tequila. Although the two are often confused, mezcal offers more flavor and complexity. Kimo Sabe’s mezcals are a proprietary blend resulting from traditional and contemporary production techniques, including innovative ultrasound technology and a rare copper third distillation that achieves a balanced, refined flavor unlike conventional mezcal’s rustic taste.

Kimo Sabe Joven (86 proof)
Visual: Clear.
Nose: Medium wood smoke overlaying a light vegetal nose.
Taste: Light, breathable and yet earthy. A patina of smoke lies delicately over a clean, bright and fresh young distillate. A gateway into the world of mezcal.
Finish: Medium short with very little aftertaste, other than a slight fruitiness.
Overall: For beginners, or for those looking for a spirit to craft lightly smoked cocktails, this is a sure winner. Very smooth and easy-going.
GSN Rating: B+

Kimo Sabe Reposado (83 proof)
Visual: Pale yellow.
Nose: Agave and wood forward nose with a more subtle creosote essence.
Taste: Exceptionally smooth and nicely aged. Less smoke and more agave flavor with a juicy fruitiness and savory vegetal taste.
Finish: Medium long with everything slowly fading in concert.
Overall: A remarkable mezcal that is one of the most placid I’ve ever had. The smoke seems to have taken a vacation here, leaving the agave blend to shine. A true sipper that begs for just one more glass.
GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: Kimo Sabe Mezcal

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