Gem & Bolt Mezcal Artesenal

The Schtick: Produced by Ignacio Martinez in San Dionisio Ocotepec using Espadin, this Mezcal is distilled and infused with Damiana before undergoing a second distillation. This is a new concept to me, as I’ve had few infused Mezcals, so I’m looking forward to the experience. Let’s dive in.

Review #1562 | Mezcal Review #106

Distiller: Ignacio Martinez

Bottler: Gem & Bolt

Brand: Gem & Bolt


ABV: 40% ABV

Age: NA

Nose: Really rich honey, pineapple, apples, cotton candy and a funny weird clove note I don’t really usually get in a Mezcal. Almost some sour cream. Grassy. Outdoors after a rainstorm. Lots of really interesting, but also bizarre, notes.

Taste: Thin on the palate, but no heat. It’s sweet, quite a bit of vanilla, some lime, weird custard like note. Bit of grassy note in there, with some clove. Weird.

Finish: Short, but interesting. Really creamy once again, but not sweet here. Creamy clove, heather, a weird grassy note. Some soil. Lots of soil. I feel like I got dirt in my mouth, in a disagreeable way, for some time after swallowing the end of this dram.

Overall: I can’t really say I love this. I like the attempt at innovation, but it falls short, and feels more like a gimmick in the end. I’m not really upset, since I bought this at a hefty discount, but I wouldn’t buy it again. It’s just bad mezcal, in my opinion.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 3

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