Ojo de Tigre is made using Espadin and Tobala agaves and will be distributed in the UK from mid-October
Ojo de Tigre (meaning 'tiger's eye') is a new mezcal from the master distillers at Casa Lumbre, which also produces Montelobos Mezcal, Ancho Reyes, Abasolo Whisky and Nixta Corn Liqueur.
It's made using two types of 100% sustainably grown agaves: Espadin from Oaxaca, and Tobala from Puebla. The distillery describes the resulting liquid as being 'subtle and moreish with dried fruits, citrus, smoked cocoa, hints of cucumber and cooked agave'.
Garnish: Mint leaf
Method: Place all ingredients, except olive oil, in a shaker with plenty of ice and give it a good shake. Serve in a cold coupe glass and use a fine strainer to catch stray pieces of leaves. Finish with three drops of olive oil on top and decorate with a mint leaf.
45ml Ojo de Tigre mezcal
8-10 mint leaves
30ml lime juice
30ml simple syrup
2 dashes lemon bitters
3 drops olive oil
'Ojo de Tigre is a vibrant, sophisticated and joyful mezcal, we can’t wait to introduce our latest offering to the UK market,' said Roberto Hidalgo chief marketing officer and partner at Casa Lumbre. 'We have created a drink that doesn’t overwhelm; it is subtle, warming and perfect to be served alone or in a cocktail.'
Ojo de Tigre's suggested serves include the likes of Tahiti Pearl (right); Tiger Lily, combining Ojo de Tigre mezcal, pineapple juice and ginger beer; and an Amethyst, mixing Ojo de Tigre mezcal with lime juice, hibiscus syrup and ginger beer.
Nick Gillett, MD at Mangrove UK said: 'As the mezcal market continues to grow it’s a great honour to welcome Ojo de Tigre to the UK, I am confident that British consumers will appreciate it. It’s a really accessible drink, for those who are new to the world of mezcal and tequila; I’d recommend you start your journey here.'
37% abv, RRP £36.99/700ml, Mangrove, mangroveuk.com