We've long sold the Danzantes mezcales at K&L (now known as "Los Nahuales" in the U.S. per a trademark issue with the Danzantes name), but until today I never really understood where they stood in comparison to our other selections. They're following the tequila model, which is the standard blanco, reposado and añejo progression; choosing to market familiarity rather than specifics. The brand has actually enjoyed more success abroad with the Alipus portfolio, simply because of the wilder flavor profiles and the romanticism surrounding the remote locations of production. The reason Danzantes was struggling a bit in comparison was clear to me after today. Simply put: the Danzantes mezcales are too well-made! Seriously. They're so clean, so well-crafted and so pure in flavor that they get completely obliterated by some of the more intense and powerful mezcales coming out of the mountains. If you need a whisky comparison, think about Clynelish in comparison to Laphroaig. Far more whisky drinkers appreciate the latter distillery, but most experts I know admire the former for its delicacy and grace. Karina's mezcales are the Clynelish of the agave spirits world. She's too talented of a distiller for her own good because far more consumers appreciate intensity over balance. The blanco is difficult to summarize flavor-wise because it's always being made from a different batch of agave. The flavors range from citrus and pepper to pine needles and smoked earth.
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