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El Sarao Oaxaca Cuishe

El Sarao Oaxaca Cuishe has light smoke with notes of vanilla, green bell pepper, and earth.

Rating: (7 reviews)
Cost:$$
Brand:El Sarao Oaxaca Mezcal, Total Wine Spirits Direct
NOM:NOM-O441X
Maguey:Cuishe
Agave:Karwinskii
Style:Joven
State:Oaxaca
Town:San Dionisio Ocotepec
ABV: 46.4%

About this mezcal

El Sarao Oaxaca Cuishe is made with maguey Cuishe (Agave karwinskii) in San Dionisio Ocotepec, Oaxaca. The mezcal was released as part of the Total Wine Spirits Direct program.

El Sarao Oaxaca Mezcal

El Sarao Oaxaca draws it’s inspiration from evening gatherings (Sarao). This mezcal is produced by 3rd and 4th generation mezcaleros in San Dionisio Ocotepec, Oaxaca.

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7 reviews

3.93 out of 5

MezPal20

MezPal20

7 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars6 days ago

Batch# S0JC01-20 Bottle 199/720A
Sweet spicy and vegetal to the nose. Gentle smoke wafts over agave nectar, soft spearmint, licorice, ground white pepper, and a hint of roasted poblano pepper stuffed with sharp Cotija cheese. Quite sweet on the tongue, much more so than is typical with many Espadín mezcals I have tried. I get lots of agave nectar, mint, pink peppercorn, anisete, and char. The body is a little on the thin side but satisfactory. The finish is semidry, with a tannic quality that is reminiscent of oak despite this being a joven. In fact, the vanilla sweet, earthy smoke that lingers would make me think I detected a note of scotchy peat if I didn’t know better. The woody bitterness wins out in the end however.
Nose: 9
Taste: 9
Body: 7
Finish: 8

Batch# S0JC01-20 Bottle 199/720A
Sweet spicy and vegetal to the nose. Gentle smoke wafts over agave nectar, soft spearmint, licorice, ground white pepper, and a hint of roasted poblano pepper stuffed with sharp Cotija cheese. Quite sweet on the tongue, much more so than is typical with many Espadín mezcals I have tried. I get lots of agave nectar, mint, pink peppercorn, anisete, and char. The body is a little on the thin side but satisfactory. The finish is semidry, with a tannic quality that i

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jackstraw

jackstraw

3 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars1 month ago

dusty, peach-pear nose and some honey. taste is predominantly vegetal, earthy funk, followed by mild white pepper, stone and light ash. triggers sotol flashbacks at times. punches above its weight at the $50 price point.

Tequesta

Tequesta

15 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars4 months ago

Batch SOJC01-21. bottle 387/720. Always a fan of Cuishe and this just solidifies it. Very sweet front end with nice herbaceous and mineral notes. Smooth mouth feel with very little smoke. Pine, mint and limestone…very good sipping mezcal. A bit weak on the finish, but a very clean taste. I’d recommend it.

namespayne

namespayne

9 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars1 year ago

First Cuishe. nose: Pineapple, grilled peppers, roasted meat, brine, roses, almost citrusy/minty and herbaceous with a decidedly olive note proliferating.
palate: very drying, gasoline, minerals, rubber in a new shoes kind of way, initially tingly, tangy, salty, non specific sour fruit. You expect smoke but it never comes, except maybe a tiny bit on the finish. Balance is excellent, complexity is low to moderate, clarity is low. It’s a well done mezcal that I’d prefer over Real Minero Barril even if prices were the same, which they aren’t (1:3)

First Cuishe. nose: Pineapple, grilled peppers, roasted meat, brine, roses, almost citrusy/minty and herbaceous with a decidedly olive note proliferating.
palate: very drying, gasoline, minerals, rubber in a new shoes kind of way, initially tingly, tangy, salty, non specific sour fruit. You expect smoke but it never comes, except maybe a tiny bit on the finish. Balance is excellent, complexity is low to moderate, clarity is low. It’s a well done mezcal that I’d prefer over Real

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TzotollineRaramuri

TzotollineRaramuri

75 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars2 years ago

Lote #5DJC01-20
Bottle 380 of 720A
?- clear
?- drying impact.
Aromas of lime zest, soft plastic, menthol, sappy, vegetal, bell peppers, fresh peppers, raw wood, under ripe tropical fruits.
Adequate to powerful aroma intensity, simple production.
Average length and fine character.
?- Astringent, and coating effect; smooth sufficient alcohol; medium body.
Primarily sour and sweet taste; buttery smoothness.
Flavors of citrus zest, peppers, wood and under ripe tropical fruits.
Concentrated flavor intensity, simple character, correct balance.
Straightforward and very long finish.
Very Good overall impression.

*Not very complex character, but very well balanced, and with fair typicity.

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Lote #5DJC01-20
Bottle 380 of 720A
?- clear
?- drying impact.
Aromas of lime zest, soft plastic, menthol, sappy, vegetal, bell peppers, fresh peppers, raw wood, under ripe tropical fruits.
Adequate to powerful aroma intensity, simple production.
Average length and fine character.
?- Astringent, and coating effect; smooth sufficient alcohol; medium body.
Primarily sour and sweet taste; buttery smoothness.
Flavors of citrus zest, peppers, wood and under ripe tropical fruits.
Concentrated flavor in

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GreenspointTexas

GreenspointTexas

382 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars2 years ago

For $54 after tax, this is fantastic. Its not on the level of Real Minero or 5 Sentidos’ offerings, but better than Banhez and most of Del Maguey… at a fraction of the price. Lemons, grapefruit, mulch, and some kiwi. Love it

Mezcaliente

Mezcaliente

14 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars2 years ago

Batch SOJCO1-20 Bottle 106/720C. First cuishe mezcal and I am a huge fan. Much more of the vegetable and pepper I love. Light on smoke. Bursting with flavor.

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