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Agua Mágica Ensamble

Agua Mágica Ensamble is produced in San Juan del Río, Oaxaca by mezcalero Rogelio Juan Hernandez using Maguey Espadin and Maguey Tobalá.

Rating: (5 reviews)
Cost:$$
Brand:Agua Mágica
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Mezcalero:Rogelio Juan Hernandez
Maguey:Espadin, Tobala
Agave:Angustifolia, Potatorum
Grind:Tahona
Distillation:Copper
Style:Ensamble, Joven
State:Oaxaca
Town:San Juan del Rio
ABV: 40%
Batch size: 2,000 bottles (Lot No. AM 20 - initial release)
Release year: 2021
Website: https://www.aguamagica.com/, opens in new window

About this mezcal

Agua Mágica Ensamble is produced in San Juan del Río, Oaxaca by fifth generation mezcalero Rogelio Juan Hernandez. This ensamble utilized Maguey Espadin (Agave angustifolia) and Maguey Tobalá (Agave potatorum) that is carefully handpicked by the mezcalero. The plants are cooked in a traditional earthen oven for 24 hours and left to rest for 1-2 days before they are crushed by a horse-drawn tahona. Next, the crushed maguey is fermented naturally in wooden vats for 7-8 days along with freshwater from the region. Finally, it is double distilled in copper.

The final products reflects the environment of San Juan del Rio with its pristine river, sublime climate, abundant tropical fruit trees, and mineral-rich soils. According to the brand, this mezcal has distinct flavor notes of minerals, tropical fruits, almonds, and herbal undertones create a complex and layered experience.

Agua Mágica

Agua Mágica’s mission is to redefine mezcal as a global luxury spirit to give rise to the artisans and communities of Oaxaca. Recontextualizing the mezcal drinking experience and elevating the spirit empowering the mezcaleros and community behind Agua Mágica.

The brand has partnered with Maestro Mezcalero Rogelio Juan Hernandez, who is part owner of the brand and co-owner of Agua Mágica’s palenque. Through this partnership, Agua Mágica provides the upfront capital and human resources necessary for him to produce mezcal full time. Additionally, the brand is committed to donating 5% of its profits to sustain independent, family-run mezcal production.

 

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Member rating

3.4 out of 5

5 reviews

Architect

Architect

3 reviews
Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars6 months ago

Less smokey and smoother than many other similar Mezcal. Although it has a fun mysterious name and pretty gold lace on the bottle, it ultimately has a grain alcohol taste.

Lot No. AM 21-2

PedroDLHR

PedroDLHR

10 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars2 years ago

Exceptional liquid with complexity and a lot of personality through an ensemble of Espadín and Tobalá agave. It is soft, not too smoky, has a sweet undertone, and is easy to drink, making it a great sipping mezcal. Agua Mágica has some herbal, mineral, and fresh notes of cucumber, melon, banana, vanilla, and green chili on the palate.

L_Matos44

L_Matos44

4 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars3 years ago

This mezcal goes down very smooth and I really enjoyed sipping it neat. Has a sweet undertone and isn’t too smoky

Tyler

Tyler

647 reviews
Rated 3 out of 5 stars3 years ago

This mezcal is quite the presentation; I’m curious how much the packaging costs. At any rate, the spirit is what is important here. I get a bit of green olive, sweet brine, hoisin sauce, and nutmeg. There is an undertone of sweet Tobala on the mid-palate. I agree with Agave Fairy that there is a bit of chemical element on the finish. Finish is a bit of charred agave. Some will enjoy it but a tad smoky for me. Decent flavor relative to water at 40% ABV; recommended for those new to mezcal that want to impress with quality packaging. Batch AM-20

This mezcal is quite the presentation; I’m curious how much the packaging costs. At any rate, the spirit is what is important here. I get a bit of green olive, sweet brine, hoisin sauce, and nutmeg. There is an undertone of sweet Tobala on the mid-palate. I agree with Agave Fairy that there is a bit of chemical element on the finish. Finish is a bit of charred agave. Some will enjoy it but a tad smoky for me. Decent flavor relative to water at 40% ABV; recommended for those new to mezcal t

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TheAgaveFairy

TheAgaveFairy

169 reviews
Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars3 years ago

AM-20
Vanilla, mild smoke, river rocks, rubber tire, plum skins. Permanent marker, WD-40, wintergreen. Decently present tobalá!, for better and for worse.

Sweet entry of agave, then all the chemicals come out. Nicely fruity, some baking spice, texture is flabby. Finish is floral (lavender) and rather pretty, at least. Some almonds, banana.

Chemicals vs. that wonderful finish, sigh.

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