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Banhez Tepeztate

Banhez Tepeztate is produced by Apolonio Patricio Lopez in San Agustín Amatengo, Ejutla, Oaxaca. It has a green pepper vegetal nose with notes of green apple fruitiness and citrus zest.

About this mezcal

Banhez Tepeztate is made using 100% agave Tepeztate which can take up to 25 years to mature. It is produced by Apolonio Patricio Lopez in San Agustín Amatengo, Ejutla, Oaxaca. It takes 5-6 days to naturally ferment before being distilled in copper pots. This agave Tepeztate mezcal has a green pepper vegetal nose with notes of green apple fruitiness and citrus zest.

Banhez Mezcal

Banhez Mezcal is a co-operative comprised of 35+ families in the tiny village of San Miguel Ejutla in the central valley of Oaxaca. The Banhez Mezcal co-op is committed to sustainable, fair trade mezcal production the same way it’s been done by their ancestors for nearly two centuries. The Banhez Ensamble is made by the collective and the brand also has single agave varietals produced by a single mezcalero from the co-op.

11 reviews

3.55 out of 5

Mezcaliente

Mezcaliente

14 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars8 months ago

Lot: TEJ471119. 45/144. First Tepeztate. Great tingly pepper right up front. Sweet finish. Very smooth. Light smoke. Almost too smooth and mellow. I would take even more of the great, but mild flavor!

SoloAgave

SoloAgave

85 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars8 months ago

Sweet green pepper at first sip – almost like a really high end Salmiana. Finishes with a lingering ground pepper/vegetal/grassy/faint mesquite note. Tastes very clean and as is the case with most Banhez expressions this goes down all too easy. Nothing out of line here and I’d be happy try it again although as Tepextate has become more sought after there are some really complex and memorable expressions out there that are perhaps a bit more expensive but will worth the extra spend.

Sweet green pepper at first sip – almost like a really high end Salmiana. Finishes with a lingering ground pepper/vegetal/grassy/faint mesquite note. Tastes very clean and as is the case with most Banhez expressions this goes down all too easy. Nothing out of line here and I’d be happy try it again although as Tepextate has become more sought after there are some really complex and memorable expressions out there that are perhaps a bit more expensive but will worth the extra spend.

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Xris

Xris

6 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars9 months ago

Comes in viscous with the vegetal notes of green pepper & a hint of cheesiness, then leaves with black pepper. For Tepeztate, it’s a bit one-dimensional, but when you’re not critiquing it for a mezcal review & enjoying it with friends, it still belongs to one of my favorite maguey.

Lot: TEJ450618

JDB

JDB

32 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars10 months ago

Lacking batch # and date of production. Agree with Jonny and Tyler that the flavors are not as robust and complex as other Teps. It may be the slightly reduced ABV (45%) rather than the typical 48% and up for other Teps in my collection. Nice subtitles though and balanced, some fruit, herb/grass, and smoke notes, nothing overpowering.

El-Dawg

El-Dawg

136 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars11 months ago

Lote: 14TE4779 (12/18)
My favorite from the Banhez line. Love the sharp, green, and jalapeño notes. Taste is softer with some grass, cream, more jalapeños, and rounded with smoke & sweetness (blueberries?). Would rate it higher if the taste matched the intensity of the smell, or stronger ABV, but all around very well worth the $90 price tag. 4.25 stars.
Review #67

t8ke

t8ke

144 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars1 year ago

Lote TEJ471219
Thick on the palate, loaded with jerky, jalapeño, fruity apple and peach, some pepper and a really fun candy note. All over the place, but it works.
Really a fun bottle. Herbal and vegetal with some fun sweets to round things out. Really nice Tep, it’s great.

TheAuditor

TheAuditor

38 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars2 years ago

Lot: TEJ971219

**ABV:** 47%

**Nose:** Heavy Vegetal, Green Bell Peppers, Steamed Lettuce, Minerality,

**Palate:** Medium mouthfeel. Warm, Green Bell Peppers, Veggie Forward, Minerals, Earthy, Peppery, industrial smoke, brine

**Finish:** Medium Length, dry, dirty minerality, Green Bell Peppers, Spicy, Slight Mango, Earthy, brine

This is a vegetal, somewhat “gritty” smoke forward offering and it is good because of that. Compared to some other offerings I have had it feels very “unrefined” in a way. This comes at you with big bold good flavors.

Lot: TEJ971219
**ABV:** 47%
**Nose:** Heavy Vegetal, Green Bell Peppers, Steamed Lettuce, Minerality,
**Palate:** Medium mouthfeel. Warm, Green Bell Peppers, Veggie Forward, Minerals, Earthy, Peppery, industrial smoke, brine
**Finish:** Medium Length, dry, dirty minerality, Green Bell Peppers, Spicy, Slight Mango, Earthy, brine
This is a vegetal, somewhat “gritty” smoke forward offering and it is good because of that. Compared to some other offerings I have had it feels very “unrefined

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meredithmcternan

meredithmcternan

2 reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 stars2 years ago

To begin, please update your spelling of Tepeztate for this brand. I toured Oaxaca, and in this region, where the cooperative behind the brand Banhez is located, they use a ‘Z’ as opposed to an ‘X’.
Regarding the flavor, this was by far one of the best Tepeztates that I’ve tasted. It had loads of spice and young green flavors, coupled by the mellow smoke that I’ve come to love about all of the Banhez products.

ajandernoa

ajandernoa

4 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars2 years ago

Lote: B0015TE4719
12/2018

The nose is filled with bright green bell pepper and a cheesey lactose. Aggressive but funky with a great spice. Notes of Cilantro and Basil. Honestly not hitting on some of the intense funk notes usually found in Tep. However I think this lot is one of the best Tepeztates I’ve had from a Refrecadora Still. Less sugar, less smoky protiens and tons and tons of green agave flavors.

Jonny

Jonny

537 reviews
Rated 2 out of 5 stars3 years ago

Lot TEJ460318. High salinity on the nose. A bit of pepper aroma. The palate is flat and lacking complexity. Very simple. Not my jam.

Tyler

Tyler

529 reviews
Rated 2 out of 5 stars3 years ago

Disappointing. Wasn’t expecting to be blown away, but I expected it to be better than this. This agave Tepextate mezcal is kind of sour with lots of lemon, green grass, and copper. There is no Tepextate green pepper complexity here, just a faint light grassiness. I tasted a Vago Tepextate after this to sanity check myself – probably a bit unfair but they are in the same price range ($90/bottle). Worlds apart, hence the low rating. Lot TEJ460318.

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