Mangrove brings Mexican whisky to the UK

A Mexican whisky is set to launch in the UK in July.

Abasolo is an ultra-premium whisky, made form 100% Mexican corn, created by distillers Casa Lumbre.

The whisky, along with a new corn liqueur named Nixta, will be entering the UK market for the first time, distributed by specialist premium importer and distributer, Mangrove UK.

A new distillery, Destileria y Bodega Abasolo, the first purpose-built whisky distillery in Mexico and one of the highest in the world at 7800ft, was specially built to produce Abasolo.

It was there that co- founder of Casa Lumbre and renowned Master Distiller, Dr Iván Saldaña created the new drinks.

Both the whisky and liqueur are derived from corn, the backbone of Mexican culinary culture. Saldaña searched for a local heirloom corn and after trialling many options he discovered Cacahuazintle, which is locally grown and 100% GMO free.

A process steeped in Mesoamerican history called nixtamalization, which has never been used before in spirit production - according to the producer - is applied to draw out the bold flavours of the corn. The centuries old technique involves soaking and cooking the corn in alkaline solution before it’s washed and hulled. The process unlocks the flavours and aromas of the ancient crops. Abasolo whisky is double-distilled in handcrafted copper stills and finished in new toasted and used oak casks.

Saldaña said: “We are excited to introduce something truly new to the world whisky category, historically whisky classification has been defined by the traditional Scotch, Irish and American identities, we are not only bringing to life a product that is extremely unique in taste and process, but we are doing so by highlighting the rich heritage and culture of Mexico.”

Nick Gillett, managing director at Mangrove UK said: “There is a deep fascination in the UK with Mexican culture and as we prepare to bring these exciting new brands to the market, I’m sure adventurous and worldly whisky connoisseurs will welcome the chance to add this world whisky to their collection. These brands are premium in quality and taste and should be on everyone’s ‘must-stock’ list for summer / autumn 2020 and I’m delighted that Mangrove UK is distributing in the UK.”

Abasolo promises “a new taste in whisky” and it is described as being “exquisite and smooth” with tastes of roasted corn, toffee with hints of caramel and toast. It can be served neat or with a simple orange slice, or long with ginger-beer or coconut water or as a cocktail old fashioned or sour, according to the producer. The 43% Abasolo 70cl has an rsp of £34.99.

Nixta is a distinctive ancestral corn liquor, which offers a brilliant new flavour for cocktails. It presents a perfect balance between the sweet notes of tender corn, and the toasted notes of roasted corn, vanilla and caramel. The 30% Nixta comes in 70cl bottles and is priced at £29.99.

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