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Mezcal Unión

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Mezcal Unión
We recently had the pleasure of hosting a force of nature, Alejandro Champion, one of the founders of Mezcal Unión. On the back of Alejandro’s visit, we’re offering 10% off his already fine-value Mezcal.

Mezcal Unión was founded upon a mission to respect Mezcal’s artisanal traditions while providing social development and economic sustainability for the families producing the spirit. “We wanted to create a project that will allow us to share with the world an artisanal Mezcal that is about bringing people together and diversifying opportunities under a business model where the sun comes out for everyone,” says Alejandro. “That’s our intent, our vision. That’s why we do things the way we do.” Thanks to this Unión, the first three mezcaleros Champion worked with have already started their own Mezcal projects.

The Unión has brought together more than 50 families across 20 palenques. The founders work directly with each palenque to ensure each batch of spirit is faithfully handcrafted. Eschewing modern technology, the piñas roast over wood-fired rock oven pits, the roasted agave is crushed using equine-powered circular stone tahona mills, and wild fermentation occurs in traditional vertical wooden tinas. Importantly, unlike many Mezcals at this price, distillation occurs in traditional copper alembics. Even the bottling and labelling is done by hand.

Authenticity and affordability have never been the easiest of bedfellows—especially for a spirit often produced by techniques that have been unchanged for hundreds of years. Yet this is precisely what you get with a bottle of Mezcal Unión. Please contact your rep for a taste if you are yet to be converted!

While he was in town, we sat down with Alejandro to talk about the Unión, its people and the process behind the label. You can read the interview on our website.

The Mezcal

Mezcal Unión Uno Joven
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Mezcal Unión Uno Joven

Mezcal Unión’s core release is a blend of farm-grown Espadín agave and wild Cirial, sourced mainly from San Baltazar Guelavila in Oaxaca. Espadín is grown widely throughout the region and forms the cornerstone of most Mezcal bottlings. Cirial, on the other hand, takes much longer to grow—14 years as opposed to six to eight for Espadín. As a small component of the blend, it lends a mineral and herbaceous character to the blend. “When used with Espadín, Cirial gives balance to the sweet and fruity notes,” says Alejandro.

Uno starts out with soft layers of sweet citrus and panna cotta before moving toward archetypal Espadín notes of roasted tropical fruit combined with a little salinity and a hint of pepper. The level of smokiness is spot-on; confidently present without being overwhelming. There’s also an edge of citrus peel and a twist of green herbs in the mix—echoes of the wild Cirial. Perfectly primed for mixing, it's a great, well-priced Mezcal to have in the drinks cabinet.

Uno starts out with soft layers of sweet citrus and panna cotta before moving toward archetypal Espadín notes of roasted tropical fruit combined with a little salinity and a hint of pepper. The level of smokiness is spot-on, confidently present without overwhelming. There’s also an edge of citrus peel and a twist of green herbs in the mix—echoes of the wild Cirial. Perfectly primed for mixing, it's a great, well-priced Mezcal to have in the drinks cabinet.

"The ripe, fruity style of this mezcal lends itself to making margarita variations and other cocktails. Look for tropical fruit flavors like lychee and banana, and a mild note of jalapeño on the finish."
92 points, Wine Enthusiast
Mezcal Unión Uno Joven
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Read the Interview with Alejandro Champion here