Often considered the “prototype" of all Tequilas, Monte Alban is, as one would expect from such a reputation, a fiery and wild spirit. Its pronounced nose of smokey oak and dust is reminiscent of a sweaty saloon bar ashtray, and evokes the faces of villains from one of Clint Eastwood's spaghetti westerns. The pungent nose carries on to the full-bodied palate that is tempered by the slightly sweet and spicy wood characters. Finishes with a big spirit hit and a long warming aftertaste. Sip neat or enjoy in the conventional way with salt and fresh lime juice: a small amount of salt tongue, followed by Mezcal and only then - lime juice. However one decides to enjoy Monte Alban, we do not recommend it for the faint hearted.