Size 750ml, Product of India (Note Picture showing same bottle different view)
Inspired by the centenary of Queen Victoria’s passing, S3xA was conceived in 2001 and came to full fruition in 2014 as a joint venture between Desmond Nazareth, the Indian-American computer whiz of Silicon Valley fame, and Martin Grassi, the man behind Porfidio. The joint venture was created out of the mutual respect of two entrepreneurs of disparate backgrounds but with similar creative mind. They shared a profound admiration for a botanical wonder, the “tree of marvels” as the Spanish Conquistadors called the agave when they encountered it in Mexico.
S3xA is not made in Mexico, but in the Highlands of Southern India, the Deccan Plateau, a delimited geographical area where the magnificent agaves for our spirit flourish. It is the plant that makes the spirit, not politics, so it was said. Transplanted from Mexico to India by Queen Victoria for fencing off the railways of the Raj to stop Holy Cows from being crushed by trains, the agaves procreated exuberantly, completely going off the rails to spread over their new magnesium-rich breeding grounds, the Deccan Plateau Highlands. A century after Queen Victoria's death, we rediscovered her treasure and discovered how to spin her inheritance into liquid gold!
Making the spirit from first-press agave juices, processed via the traditional oven baking method, carefully bio-fermented and meticulously alembic distilled in small lots, we have a claim to be India's first artisan distillers.
S3xA forms the third element in a five-piece Porfidio Signature Series of the world's most salient and unique agave spirits, whose uniqueness consist not only in the singularity of their serial quality, but, going beyond the intrinsic, their non-parochial, non-Mexican, international origin.
Explore the difference, and appreciate the world's bio-diversity! And take a dekko at Deccan's Indian challenger to mezcal.
If you understand the history of Porfidio, this is just another chapter. I purchase this by the case and age it with various toasted woods I have soaked in everything from rum to red wine. This Mezcal is the perfect young canvas to draw on, absolutely smooth and ready to achieve complexities. Or just use it as a stellar mixer. Best Mezcal for the money out there today, who gives that it is from India, I don't.
This is a enjoyable spirit, but there is nothing reminiscent of Mezcal. Closer to Awamori, soju, or something of the likeness.
Nose: unfiltered sweet sake, Koji sour.
Taste: Jasmine, floral, mineral, no smoke, slight cream cheese.
Mouthfeel: smooth, and viscous.
Smooth, silky and great sipping stuff. You could buy more expensive, save your money. This is the good stuff.
We had a 'Blip' in service on the last order, but this one has been dealt with excellently - Thank you