A cracking Joven Mezcal from La Compañía, Ejutla, Oaxaca. The name pays homage to Our Lady the Virgin of Solitude, who is the patron saint of Mezcal’s heartland, Oaxaca. This is an extremely traditionally made spirit, with the distillers continuing to use pit roasting and mule drawn mashing. Gregorio and Gonzalo Hernandez, who make this Mezcal, also use open fermentation tanks, then distill in a unique recirculating copper pot still, which is locally constructed. Mezcal is one of the most terroir-faithful spirits in the world, and this showcases that marvelously, with fantastic earthy qualities. The nose brings warmth and smokey succulent agave aromas, with a little spice and cut grass. The palate is dense with smokey agave, tropical fruit, a slight flinty quality and some strawberry. There is a distinctive funky flavour that builds at the back of the palate. The finish is crisp and drying, with a lingering smoke.