GSN Presents: The 2017 Advent Gift Guide – Day 22

With only three days to go until Christmas Eve, there’s not enough time to order gifts.  So, until then, we’re going to suggest some items that we’ve rated highly this year that you can find in your local liquor store (hopefully).  For Day 22, we’re focusing on the 20 spirited products that received a GSN Rating of A- (90) during 2017.

  1. Allaire Vodka
  2. Auchentoshan – The Bartender’s Malt
  3. Bache Gabrielsen Tre Kors Cognac
  4. Basil Hayden’s Dark Rye
  5. CALI California Sipping Whiskey
  6. Cannon Beach Distillery Dorymen’s Rum
  7. Cruzan Aged Dark Rum
  8. D. George Benham’s Gin Sonoma Dry Gin
  9. Don Ciccio & Figli Amaro Tonico Ferro-Kina
  10. Don Ciccio & Figli Finocchietto Fennel Liqueur
  11. Don Q 2007 Signature Release Single Barrel
  12. Highland Park Magnus Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  13. Koskenkorva Vodka
  14. Montelobos Mezcal
  15. Oamaruvian 16 Year Old Cask Strength DoubleCask
  16. Paul John Bold Whisky
  17. Savannah Spirits Amber Rum
  18. TINCUP 10 American Whiskey
  19. Van Gogh Vodka
  20. Virginia Distillery Co. Cider Barrel Matured Virginia Highland Malt

GSN Review: Montelobos Mezcal

Montelobos is an artisanal mezcal made in Santiago Matatlán, Oaxaca produced with 100% organically certified agave espadín. The mezcal is crafted by world-renowned agave expert Iván Saldaña. It is made according to his vision and passion for agave and artisanal mezcal with respect for traditional production methods, sustainability, and the quality of life in the communities and families who have produced mezcal for generations. Montelobos Mezcal is produced by Casa Montelobos, a Mexican company based in Oaxaca and Mexico City.

For additional insight into mezcal, visit The Anatomy of Mezcal.

Montelobos Mezcal (86.4 proof)
Visual: Clear.
Nose: Sweet smoke, roasted agave and toasted bread. Soft and warm like a Mexican sunset.
Taste: Smooth and smokey with a hint of nuttiness. After a few sips, cocoa and corn husk add an offbeat dimension.
Finish: Long, with a gentle smokiness and laid back hint of caramelization.
Overall: A contemplative mezcal which can be paired well with pork, corn or chili poblano dishes. Works well as a nightcap too.  Very nice indeed.
GSN Rating: A-

For more information go to: Montelobos