Today we’re looking at two IZO products, IZO Tequila Extra Añejo Cristalino and IZO Mezcal Joven Cenizo. Keep in mind, Extra Añejo is an older tequila that’s barrel aged for a longer period of time than any other tequila and it’s been filtered to be “clear” like a blanco (but it’s not).
IZO Tequila Extra Añejo Cristalino comes in at about $95 or so, depending on where you shop. This is aged for 3 years (most blanco’s are either unaged, or rested in steel cask for a few weeks). The result? You’ll think you’re drinking the best blanco you ever had…for double the price of a blanco.
Most tequila is aged in a number of months for reposado and anejo; because this has a 3 year age to it, you’re going to find its smooth edges, refined taste and sipping qualities. Sure, if you want to make a cocktail you can, but we’d suggest something spirit heavy, or maybe just a dash of lime so that your spirit is left mostly unaltered. Nobody spends $100 on a spirit as a mixer, that’s just crazy talk!
We also got IZO to send us their mezcal to taste–Dan and Derrick love mezcal and the Cenizo holds up under our scrutiny. We love Durango region mezcal and the Cenizo is a wild agave that is typically found outside in Oaxaca in the states of Durango, Jalisco, and Michoacan at altitudes up to 8500 ft–you get a lovely fruity flavor with a great smokey finish. You really cannot ask more out of a mezcal, plus coming in at the $50 mark gives us great joy.
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