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Koch Mexicano Penca Larga

Koch Mexicano Penca Larga is made by maestro mezcalero Alberto Vasquez, who mashes the cooked agave by hand with mallets.

Rating: (5 reviews)
Brand:Koch Mezcal
NOM:NOM-O171X
Mezcalero:Alberto Vasquez
Maguey:Mexicano
Agave:Rhodacantha
Grind:Hand
Distillation:Clay Pot
State:Oaxaca
Town:Sola de Vega
ABV: 48.1%
Age of plant: 7-9 years
Website: https://www.mezcalkoch.com/, opens in new window

About this mezcal

Koch Mexicano Penca Larga is made with a sub-varietal of agave Rhodacantha that grows with longer pencas (leaves). This is one of many subtle differences seen in agave Rhodacantha throughout Oaxaca. This mezcal is made in Sola de Vega, a region known for it’s clay pot distillation.

Koch Mezcal

Carlos Moreno’s family has been linked to mezcal since the beginning of the 20th century. In 2009, Carlos resumed the family tradition and teamed up with 5th generation maestro mezcalero Pedro Hernandez to create Koch El Mezcal de Oaxaca, with the goal of preserving and promoting mezcal culture. After 10 years of business, they’ve now integrated more than 15 communities and 50 producing families into their collective. Each batch will vary, so check your bottle for details.

5 reviews

3.8 out of 5

cagliostro

cagliostro

11 reviews
Rated 3 out of 5 stars3 weeks ago

batch: MK002/17MOB (48.1%)

nose: banana bread, some clove, pork fat, creme soda, rosemary, chalkboard, roasting nuts, a touch of lime

palate: touch hot though not in a bad way, similar to the nose, but the nuts are more central, really nice mouthfeel here, some pepper, oddly malty, sweet but not overbearingly so, some sweet potato, finish adds sugar plums to the mix

solid. very engaging, enjoyable nose. palate delivers something similar to what the nose promises, but it’s balanced differently. finish has a nice length, but hot. I’d probably say 6+ for this one. close to being damn good, but the bitterness/heat punch toward the end of the palate and the simplicity hold it back for me.

batch: MK002/17MOB (48.1%)
nose: banana bread, some clove, pork fat, creme soda, rosemary, chalkboard, roasting nuts, a touch of lime
palate: touch hot though not in a bad way, similar to the nose, but the nuts are more central, really nice mouthfeel here, some pepper, oddly malty, sweet but not overbearingly so, some sweet potato, finish adds sugar plums to the mix
solid. very engaging, enjoyable nose. palate delivers something similar to what the nose promises, but it’s balanced differen

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TzotollineRaramuri

TzotollineRaramuri

75 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars1 year ago

Bottled 2018.
?- clear
?- drying impact.
Aromas of green savory herbaceous, thyme, rosemary, sage, bay leaf, ginger, guava, quince, lime oil, fresh pine, Irish moss, mineral clay, limestone chalk.
Adequate & complex production.
Average length and ordinary character.
?- coating, warming and astringent effect; sufficient smooth alcohol; medium-full body.
Primarily sour, sweet & bitter tastes; buttery-oily smoothness.
Flavors of quince, guava, ginger, pepper, pine, laurel, lemon & lime zest, leather, mineral clay & chalk, resin & sap.
Medium concentration of flavor intensity, slight complex character, correct balance.
Pleasant and long finish.
Very Good overall impression.

*Very green character, very well balanced though, very pleasant.

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Bottled 2018.
?- clear
?- drying impact.
Aromas of green savory herbaceous, thyme, rosemary, sage, bay leaf, ginger, guava, quince, lime oil, fresh pine, Irish moss, mineral clay, limestone chalk.
Adequate & complex production.
Average length and ordinary character.
?- coating, warming and astringent effect; sufficient smooth alcohol; medium-full body.
Primarily sour, sweet & bitter tastes; buttery-oily smoothness.
Flavors of quince, guava, ginger, pepper, pine, laurel, lemon & lime

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Nickwrobison

Nickwrobison

11 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars1 year ago

Lot: MK002/17MOB

Nice clay dryness/minerality. Green sweetness from the Mexicano is present. Overall very nice and balanced.

BartFargo

BartFargo

21 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars2 years ago

Nose: Loads of wet clay, rubber and earthy ashes up front. Eases to reveal a dark, spicy core of clove, cinnamon and peppercorn, which seasons grilled pineapple in crème fraiche. Graphite-like minerals.

Palate: Fleeting baked agave, then rubber turning quickly to rawhide and bitter gourd, with echoes of the pineapple and clove from the nose. Grows spicier, adding roasted chile and bay leaf. Medium body.

Finish: Spices peak with curry, tamarind and kaffir lime. Then heads for citrus pith and baked agave, ending on white chocolate, dried leaves and clay. Medium-long finish.

Thoughts: Murky and earthy to the max. While the clay is a tad overwhelming on the nose, the Mexicano spices and surprising creaminess make for a rich palate and finish.

Nose: Loads of wet clay, rubber and earthy ashes up front. Eases to reveal a dark, spicy core of clove, cinnamon and peppercorn, which seasons grilled pineapple in crème fraiche. Graphite-like minerals.
Palate: Fleeting baked agave, then rubber turning quickly to rawhide and bitter gourd, with echoes of the pineapple and clove from the nose. Grows spicier, adding roasted chile and bay leaf. Medium body.
Finish: Spices peak with curry, tamarind and kaffir lime. Then heads for citrus pith an

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TheAgaveFairy

TheAgaveFairy

167 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars3 years ago

Eerily similar to this producer’s arroqueno, that makes me very happy. Super clay driven, meaty, vanilla buttercream, ginger, clove. Chicarones, white chocolates, piloncillo, a savory herb, just so dark. Old stone building, lots of leather.

Palate: A little hot which gives a sweet spice character, but once acclimated it’s a denser texture with a pretty long finish that almost has a floral soap aspect. Agave sweetness is huge, complexity isn’t super high but its so unique anyways that my attention is well captivated.

Massively dark and rich, wow. I’m really amazed at how much the “hand of the maker” is showing, this is very similar to the amazing arroqueno he produces as well. Hard to rate.

Eerily similar to this producer’s arroqueno, that makes me very happy. Super clay driven, meaty, vanilla buttercream, ginger, clove. Chicarones, white chocolates, piloncillo, a savory herb, just so dark. Old stone building, lots of leather.
Palate: A little hot which gives a sweet spice character, but once acclimated it’s a denser texture with a pretty long finish that almost has a floral soap aspect. Agave sweetness is huge, complexity isn’t super high but its so unique anyways that my at

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