Gem & Bolt Mezcal is a brand of artisanal mezcal that is known for its unique approach to production and its distinctive flavor profile. The brand was founded by AdrinAdrina and Elliott Coon, two artists and entrepreneurs who sought to create a mezcal that reflected their values of sustainability, craftsmanship, and community.
What sets Gem & Bolt apart is its use of a specific herb called damiana in the production process. Gem & Bolt infuses their mezcal with damiana, adding an intriguing herbal and floral dimension to the spirit.
In terms of production, Gem & Bolt Mezcal is made in Oaxaca, Mexico, which is known as the heartland of mezcal production. The brand works with local Oaxacan farmers who cultivate and harvest the agave plants. The piñas (the hearts of the agave plants) are traditionally roasted in earthen pits, giving the mezcal its characteristic smoky flavor. After roasting, the agave is crushed, fermented, and then distilled in copper alembic stills.
Gem & Bolt places a strong emphasis on sustainability and fair trade practices. They strive to work directly with small producers and agave farmers, ensuring fair wages and supporting the local communities. They also prioritize using organic and sustainable farming practices to minimize their environmental impact.
In terms of taste, Gem & Bolt Mezcal is known for its smooth and complex character. The damiana infusion adds a subtle herbal sweetness that complements the smoky and earthy flavors of the mezcal. It is often described as having notes of roasted agave, citrus, floral undertones, and a hint of spice.
Gem & Bolt Mezcal can be enjoyed neat, sipped slowly to savor its flavors, or used as a base in cocktails. It has gained popularity among mezcal enthusiasts who appreciate its unique twist on traditional mezcal production and its commitment to quality and sustainability.