Just in time for Thanksgiving: a mezcal made with…turkey

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Montelobos Breast, $129.99

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Looking for the perfect Thanksgiving sip? It might be time to try a little turkey-flavored mezcal.

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In a sense, this bottle from Montelobos, which bills itself as a “carefully crafted artisanal mezcal” brand, is about it. Specifically, it’s a style of mezcal that’s actually called poultry breast, which involves flavoring the liquid with meat, fruit, nuts, and spices during the distillation process. Often, the meat is chicken, but it can be other things as well. In the case of this Montelobos offering, it’s turkey breast (pechuga, by the way, means “breast” in Spanish).

Turkey brings “a strong sensory experience,” says Gustavo Guerra, global marketing director for Campari Group’s Mexican spirits portfolio (Campari is Montelobos’ parent company.) Guerra also calls Pechuga a “homage” to local Mexican traditions.

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If nothing else, the bottle taps into the growing enthusiasm for mezcal, the smoky, agave-based spirit that was once seen as a curious cousin to tequila. (Technically, tequila is the same a style of mezcal.) Mezcal sales are expected to be 10.5% growth annually through 2025, according to a report.

what do we think about it

In a sense, if you’re hoping for the kind of drink that can replicate the flavor of your Thanksgiving bird, it’s not quite there. Like other pechugas, the meaty flavor is much more subtle—to this point you can barely notice the turkey. But it’s a wonderfully complex mezcal nonetheless, with just the right amount of smoke and rich notes of fruit and spice. I feel the turkey more in the fullness of the mouth. Either way, this would be a great conversation starter if you share it with your Thanksgiving guests.

how to enjoy it

Drink this to get the true feel of Pechuga. And if turkey-flavored booze isn’t your thing, Montelobos offers a range of other mezcals.

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