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Aprendiz Espadin-Tepextate Ensamble

Aprendiz Espadin-Tepextate ensamble is produced by Isaías Martínez in San Juan del Río, Oaxaca using 80% agave Espadin and 20% agave Tepextate.

About this mezcal

Aprendiz Espadin-Tepextate ensamble is produced by Isaías Martínez in San Juan del Río, Oaxaca. Aprendiz Mezcal is produced through a completely handmade processes, respecting the traditional way of making mezcal. This ensamble is made with 80% agave Espadin and 20% agave Tepextate. Years ago, Aprendiz Mezcal had four different 80/20 blends of agave Espadin and another agave. The ensambles were made with: Mexicano, Tepextate, Madrecuixe, and Tobala. Recently, the Espadin-Tepextate ensamble has been the only version available on the market.

Aprendiz Mezcal

Aprendiz Mezcal is a sub-brand to Pescador de Sueños. Aprendiz was born for those who wish to be initiated into the mystic journey of mescal and learn the art of art of living intensely. Both brands are produced at Destilería Santa Sabia in San Juan del Rio. Years ago, the brand had four different 80/20 blends of agave Espadin and another agave. The ensambles were made with: Mexicano, Tepextate, Madrecuixe, and Tobala. Since then, the brand has been focused on distributing their agave Espadin Joven mezcal aimed at the cocktail market. Aprendiz Mezcal is primarily distributed in Europe.

7 reviews

3.79 out of 5

aarild

aarild

125 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars1 year ago

Lot APTX006.2016.
The importer states the “mash bill” is 70% espadin and 30% tepextate while others say it is 80/20. Regardless, the nose reveals there is more than espadin in the bottle. A little second there is a whiff of tinned jalapeños. It is reminiscent of the herbal funk of a Haitian Clairin, so I suspect it is wild yeast, but far less “lactic” than, say, raicilla (and far less funk altogether). Also a bit sawdust and mint.
The mouthfeel is a bit thin, and there is not so much of the caramel fruitiness I associate with espadin. “Clean” is perhaps the word, as others have suggested.
A quite straightforward palate with peppery, vegetal agave. An OK finish has some leather and green serrano chili, together with a subdued fruitiness that is hard to decipher. I have never had a singley maguey tepextate before, so I could not say if that defines the the finish in this ensamble. EDIT: I had a second go at this one, drinking out of a jicara, and what a difference that made for the aftertaste. Long and pleasant, with notes of jalapeño, sauerkraut and carambola.

Lot APTX006.2016.
The importer states the “mash bill” is 70% espadin and 30% tepextate while others say it is 80/20. Regardless, the nose reveals there is more than espadin in the bottle. A little second there is a whiff of tinned jalapeños. It is reminiscent of the herbal funk of a Haitian Clairin, so I suspect it is wild yeast, but far less “lactic” than, say, raicilla (and far less funk altogether). Also a bit sawdust and mint.
The mouthfeel is a bit thin, and there is not so much of

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Zack Klamn

Zack Klamn

471 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars2 years ago

BATCH: APTPTX-04 (Bottle: 059/690)
Nose: Potent sugary lime citrus. Grassy, wet soil.

Palate: Cotton candy and fine tobacco out of the gates. Grassy, earth finish with a nice vegetal-pepper heat. Sweetness and smoke still linger in the aftertaste.

There’s a lot to like here…one of my favorite ensamble mezcals!

HighWine

HighWine

63 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars2 years ago

Faint nose that starts off as buttercream and long-cut chewing tobacco and then becomes more spearmint as it opens up. Much fuller in the mouth. I still get some of the buttercream character but that quickly fades away to reveal flavors of campfire smoke, old leather, oil brined green olives, and some funky cheesiness like a raicilla. Medium-full body with some alcohol heat that lasts in the back of the throat after the sip is gone.

Gregg T&T

Gregg T&T

100 reviews
Rated 3 out of 5 stars2 years ago

Sweet tropical fruits, and caramelized sugar. There’s an enjoyable roast that transitions into a kick of white pepper and some green notes poking through.

t8ke

t8ke

144 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars2 years ago

Thin to medium mouth feel. Lots of nice smoke, ash, eatth and clay. Light pepper, some orange peel. Bright lemon and then robust agave character. No ethanol. Really pleasant, lots of great peppery spice.

I really enjoyed this. It demonstrated incredible earth, clay, smoke character without being a stanky mess. It’s complex and on target, with some nice character along the way.

juanquillo

juanquillo

8 reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 stars3 years ago

great mezcal easy to drink with herbal flavor that kills the smoky of espadín, also amazing in negroni old fashion.

Tyler

Tyler

580 reviews
Rated 3 out of 5 stars4 years ago

Trying this for the second time. It’s like a clean espadin with a tepextate finish. “Espadin enhanced” with a minor tepextate influence. Vanilla sugar with copper and agave Tepextate green pepper. My friend tasted rubber on this finish which was minor and didn’t bother me. It’s interesting but a tad bit expensive for being only 20% agave tepextate. Really enjoyed it the first time I tried it a few years ago but not as much this time. Didn’t catch the batch number.

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