Looking to explore Mezcal, specifically something I can drink neat but also not feel guilty about including in a cocktail. Any recommendations appreciated.
Del Maguey Vida would be one that I think fits the bill. Wahaka has a stronger smoke element, but is also highly regarded. There's a lot of other people that can probably give you better advice than me on this, but from the Mezcal enthusiasts I know, Vida seems to be a good one for the type of what you're asking for.
Picked up the Del Maguey Vida and it's exactly what I was looking for. Thanks again Max.
I'm just curious. Do you sip your blanco/reposado/anejo at room temperature or chilled? Thanks.
Fidencio and Ilegal mezcal gets good reviews that I have seen but haven't had them myself. Ilegal comes as a blanco/joven as well as a reposado and anejo similar to tequila. I think both tend to be a bit more than Vida. The basic Fidencio may be in the same price range.
I like Sombra in cocktails when looking for a bit more smokeyness. Don't drink it much on its own though. Not that I wouldn't necessarily like it, just haven't gotten around to it!
I think all of these are relatively available locally.
Tequila generally is something, as he noted, that I treat just like whisk(e)y. Neat and unchilled.