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Leyenda Espadin (Oaxaca)

Leyenda Oaxaca has rich aromas of lemongrass and herb of grace, with notes of cane sugar. Its flavor displays strong citrus notes with herbaceous tones.

Rating: (10 reviews)
Brand:Leyendas Mezcal
NOM:NOM-O117X
Mezcalero:Leonardo Hernandez, Saul Martinez
Maguey:Espadin
Agave:Angustifolia
Distillation:Copper
Style:Joven
State:Oaxaca
Town:San Baltazar Guélavila, San Juan del Rio
ABV: 42% and 50%
Age of plant: 9 years
Website: https://www.mezcalesdeleyenda.com/, opens in new window
About this mezcal

Leyenda Oaxaca is made with farm-grown agave Espadin from San Juan del Rio. Master mezcaleroSaul Martinez, is a third generation mezcalero who crafts his Espadin with delicate precision. This mezcal has rich aromas of lemongrass and herb of grace, with notes of cane sugar. Its flavor displays strong citrus notes with herbaceous and earthy tones.

As of 2020, this release is bottled at 50% ABV and produced by mezcalero Don Leo Hernandez in San Baltazar Guélavila, Oaxaca.

Leyendas Mezcal

Mezcal de Leyendas (previously labeled as Mezcales de Leyenda) believes they can improve some of the most marginalized communities in Mexico. They implement the best fair trade practices where they work, and they have many efforts in agave sustainability. Their mezcals come from the different mezcal-producing states. They also have some special edition, small-batch mezcals. The brand also releases the Pelotón de la Muerte line of mezcals.

In 2021, the brand (under Artisanal Distillates, LLC) raised money via the StartEngine platform at a $32.7 million pre-money valuation.

10 reviews

2.5 out of 5


Meady

Meady

53 reviews
Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars9 months ago

Sour but intriguing nose, bit of funk to it.
Palate is smooth, but light on flavour. A bit watery as others have said. Hint of citrus, salt, light smoke, but very flat. Not a sipper.

Zack Klamn

Zack Klamn

335 reviews
Rated 3 out of 5 stars10 months ago

Lote: DLSL0019
Nose: BBQ-flavored potato chips. Sea salt. Raw sugar.

Palate: Extremely variable between sips:
1st pull – Almost nothing there – weak and watery. 42% ABV… what?
2nd pull – Pleasant upon entry – rubbery sweet. Then it all disappears again.
3rd pull – Very cool smoke flavor I can’t put my finger on. A sugar-laded funk in the background. Peppermint – more pepper than mint. Awesome sweet and salty finish.

I’m really glad I gave this a chance. It’s not mind-blowing but it definitely got much better. I’d say peak taste rating would be 3.5 stars but seeing as though a bottle of this is around $50 and it took some time to get there, I shaved off half a star.

Lote: DLSL0019
Nose: BBQ-flavored potato chips. Sea salt. Raw sugar.
Palate: Extremely variable between sips:
1st pull – Almost nothing there – weak and watery. 42% ABV… what?
2nd pull – Pleasant upon entry – rubbery sweet. Then it all disappears again.
3rd pull – Very cool smoke flavor I can’t put my finger on. A sugar-laded funk in the background. Peppermint – more pepper than mint. Awesome sweet and salty finish.
I’m really glad I gave this a chance. It’s not mind-blo

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Tyler

Tyler

517 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars11 months ago

Tried the more recent 50% version. Nice kick. Lots of brown sugar and agave. The notes have “hints lemon tea and fresh herbs” which I agree with. I think the previous reviews were for the 42% version. Mezcalero Leo Hernandez. Lot Li119. Bottle 1569/1620.

El-Dawg

El-Dawg

128 reviews
Rated 2 out of 5 stars12 months ago

Watery, mild, weak, and overall bland…. some light smoke at the end. Yep, that’s it.
Lote: DLSL1119
Review #46

donpedro

donpedro

39 reviews
Rated 3 out of 5 stars1 year ago

Meh. Not at all worth the price. Salt, citrus, and smoke… and that’s about it. Very flat and unappealing, and honestly too disjointed for use in cocktails.

justwager

justwager

4 reviews
Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars2 years ago

very flat body

Firesidesipper

Firesidesipper

32 reviews
Rated 3 out of 5 stars2 years ago

Heavy duty citrus in this one – lemon peel/zest with saline and a smoky background. Not a bad sipper.

Nic Hnastchenko

Nic Hnastchenko

108 reviews
Rated 2 out of 5 stars3 years ago

Last one from the sampler. Nice one to compare other agaves with but wasn’t blown away by this one.

Wanderingspider

Wanderingspider

46 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars3 years ago

Definitely saline with much of the classic mezcal smoke on the nose.

Edit: 2020 batch. Much better. Somewhat sweet roasted agave, green peppers, soft but warm. It’s got this saline quality still. Good texture and finish too. But this is far better than I recalled. A bit of peppermint on the end?

PhilBrunski

PhilBrunski

25 reviews
Rated 1 out of 5 stars4 years ago

Salty and salty. Everything else is lost in this one.

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