Mezcal Gifts: Great Bottles
Fidencio Clásico Joven ($40)
In price and taste, a model of what an entry-level mezcal should be: wisps of smoke with a gentle hit of brininess.
Metl Blanco ($45)
A step up in complexity: plenty of char, but plenty of tropical fruit, too. Bonus: The opaque black bottle is very impressive-looking.
Pierde Almas Tobalá Joven ($115)
Distilled from hand-harvested wild agave (thus the price), this is intense, layered and as vivid as a 3-D movie.