WHAT: Mezcal Jaral de Berrio Rating: NNN
WHERE: Guanajuato, Mexico
WHY: Mezcal is enjoying a moment in North American drinks culture. That's why so many brands are now available... in Buffalo. The LCBO lists three. Unlike many in the booze business, I'm not a total LCBO hater, but three mezcals? Introduce yourself to tequila's country cousin with Jaral's clean, direct, sweet, lightly peppered agave character. Definitely an improvement over comparably priced mass-market tequilas. Great as a sipper, or substitute it in traditional whisky cocktails. And then ask for more mezcals when you're at the Lick Bo.
PRICE: 750 ml/$36.90
AVAILABILITY: At selected liquor stores (product #47464)