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Don Mateo Alto

Don Mateo Alto is ripe with agave, pine, and citrus. Strong citrous fruit notes mingle with deep earthy tones through a long smokey finish.

Rating: (5 reviews)
Brand:Don Mateo Mezcal
Mezcalero:Emilio Vieyra
Town:San Miguel
ABV: 46%
Website: http://mezcaldonmateo.com
About this mezcal

Don Mateo Alto is a pure product of Michoacan by maestro mezcalero Jose Emilio Vieyra Rangel. Keeping with his family’s tradition, this mezcal is made with spring water and uses only estate-grown agave Inaequidens. Slight variations in the stills and cooking methods make this a unique mezcal that is quite different from anything made in Oaxaca. The nose of this mezcal is ripe with agave, pine, and citrus with an herbaceous underbelly. The mouthfeel is big and coats the entire mouth. For taste, it has strong citrous fruit and deep earthy notes that mingle through a long smokey finish.

Don Mateo Mezcal

Emilio Vieyra and his father own and operate Mezcal Don Mateo de la Sierra. Don Mateo was Emilio’s great grandfather. He migrated from Guanajuato to Michoacán in 1840, and began producing mezcal. Given that Don Emilio represents his family’s fifth generation of maestro vinatero (in Oaxaca referred to as palenquero), what better ambassador of the spirit of Michoacán. Although 80% of the mezcal Don Emilio produces is made with wild agave, the family does cultivate its own maguey on the rolling hills below the vinata. Coming from Michoacan gives their mezcals a very different character and taste from those made in Oaxaca. They also are known for using unique agave that are not seen in mezcal from Oaxaca.

5 reviews

4 of out 5 stars

Squashplayer on Jan 18, 2019

21 reviews

  • Overall:

Pine, mint , and earth. This unique mezcal is very enjoyable. I agree that it would be a good choice to start the night with. This is one of the best I have tasted coming out of Michoacán. Lot 18 from Nov 2015

Hörky Båmf on Aug 23, 2018

16 reviews

  • Overall:

Lot #18 Nov 2015, 46% ABV. Fairly subdued nose of menthol and ripe fruit. Clean flavor of sweet roasted agave, a little bit of mint and pine tar. I’m not picking up the citrus that others mention. Nice lingering finish with just the right amount of ethanol bite. Newly opened bottle was sharper and finished with more burn. Now that it’s about half gone it’s developed into something rounder and more nuanced. Very enjoyable.

razorbackmike on Apr 5, 2017

91 reviews

  • Overall:

excellent.pine and citrus with hint of smoke.very distinct and unique.subtle and light.great as an evening opener.i think this would be great for hot summer evenings!

Tyler on Dec 30, 2016

249 reviews

  • Overall:

Pine and mint are at the forefront here along with some nice notes of dry apple cider, vinegar, pepper, and citrus. Hot finish. Delicious and unique mezcal.

Jonny on Dec 22, 2016

275 reviews

  • Overall:

Lot 18 from November 2015. Piney and herbaceous on the nose with tasting notes of more pine, lavender, vanilla, and fresh rosemary. I get a lot of grapefruit aromas and ruby red flavors. This Mezcal is like no other. It’s easy to drink and has some distinct flavoring that I haven’t found in other Mezcal. It’s fanciful, complex, and delightful.

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