GSN Review: ZIGNUM Mezcal

Rooted in Oaxaca, ZIGNUM is one of the leading Mezcals in Mexico and Mexican duty-free shops. Two ZIGNUM expressions, Reposado and Añejo have added complexity from oak aging beyond the minimum legal requirements. ZIGNUM Reposado is aged in American white oak for a minimum of 8 months, and ZIGNUM Añejo in a combination of French and American oak for a minimum of 18 months.

This year, ZIGNUM is debuting new packaging created by Quaker City Mercantile, best-known for creating Hendrick’s GinThe new ZIGNUM Joven and Reposado labels are inspired by the pre-Hispanic Oaxacan temples. Silver and gold embossing pops from the label’s rich black fabric, referencing the colors of the liquids and paying homage to the region’s heritage. On both labels, central roundels surround a spear hall-marked with an agave, referring to the ZIGNUM distillery’s leading edge in sustainability programs, such as being animal cruelty-free and pioneering agave nursery practices. Detailed geographic patterns flank a “doorway” device, leading to a dark entryway calling to mind the cool, dark, barrel-aging room at the distillery.

The Añejo label also includes the stepped shape, roundel, and metallic detail, which is rose gold in color and almost perfectly matches the liquid within. This label offers additional detail about the liquid itself, including the variety of agave used (Espadín), specifics on the barrel aging (French and American oak), and signature of the master distiller. All three bottles have wooden closures honoring the local tradition of hand-carved alebrijes. An elegant strip seal honors the distillery’s wastewater reclamation programs.

GSN’s Remarks: We had the opportunity to attend an online tasting and educational session with brand ambassador Carolta Montoya who walked us through the various processes and history behind the brand. It’s clear that ZIGNUM is looking for a broader market than many of the traditional mezcals can offer. Each iteration is exceptionally smooth with virtually no smoke, and a fresh and agave forward flavor profile. These are mezcals designed not only for sipping, but eve more so ,for mixing in cocktails. The Joven is the easiest to approach and has the most vegetal character. The Reposado has more character leaning towards caramel and toffee, while the Anejo offers notes of milk chocolate and young tobacco. All are excellent and a great introduction to this increasingly popular spirit. GSN Ratings: Joven A-, Reposado A-, Anjeo A

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