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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: (8 reviews)
Brand:Don Mateo de la Sierra
NOM:NOM-M218C
Mezcalero:Emilio Vieyra
Agave / Maguey:Alto
Distillation:Copper
Style:Joven
State:Michoacán
Town:San Miguel
ABV:46%
Website:http://www.suroimports.com/don-mateo-de-la-sierra/
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 citrus fruit and deep earthy notes that mingle through a long smokey finish.

Don Mateo de la Sierra

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.

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8 reviews

4 out of 5


TheAgaveFairy

TheAgaveFairy

86 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars2 months ago

Minty! Anise, there’s a smokiness with slate that I really enjoy – it adds a deep almost nutty quality. Fresh herbs, a little green plantain, green peppercorns. With more air, I’m noticing more poblano and other hotter peppers.

t’s lively and complex, with more cilantro showing now and touches of coriander. Smoke grows on the finish which is a little more spicy and with decent complexity. Wildflower honey is there in tiny amounts on the finish, like one might add to a mint tea. Lot 18.

Minty! Anise, there’s a smokiness with slate that I really enjoy – it adds a deep almost nutty quality. Fresh herbs, a little green plantain, green peppercorns. With more air, I’m noticing more poblano and other hotter peppers.
t’s lively and complex, with more cilantro showing now and touches of coriander. Smoke grows on the finish which is a little more spicy and with decent complexity. Wildflower honey is there in tiny amounts on the finish, like one might add to a mint tea. Lot 1

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Mansson

Mansson

71 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars3 months ago

Lot 29, distilled December 2016. An excellent blend of marzipan-like sweetness and mixed dried herbs. A bit like the smell of a coniferous forest after the rain. A very interesting drink!

Rakhal

Rakhal

161 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars8 months ago

Lot C-17. Strong anise, brown sugar, menthol, cut grass, mint, grapefruit pith.

Squashplayer

Squashplayer

33 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars2 years ago

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

Hörky Båmf

18 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars2 years ago

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

razorbackmike

111 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars3 years ago

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

Tyler

391 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars4 years ago

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

Jonny

418 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars4 years ago

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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