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Maguey Melate Arroqueno – Rosario Ángeles Vasquéz

Maguey Melate Arroqueno from Rosario Ángeles Vasquéz was produced in the beautiful community of Santa Catarina Minas, Oaxaca.

Rating: (9 reviews)
Category:Destilado de Agave
Brand:Maguey Melate
Mezcalero:Rosario Ángeles Vasquéz
Maguey:Arroqueño
Agave:Americana
Grind:Hand
Distillation:Clay Pot
Style:Joven
State:Oaxaca
Town:Santa Catarina Minas
ABV: 49.8%
Age of plant: 9 years
Batch size: Lot ROS-ARR-001: 340 liters
Release year: 2021
Website: https://www.magueymelate.com/, opens in new window
About this destilado de agave

Maguey Melate Arroqueno from Rosario Ángeles Vasquéz was originally released as the March 2021 Mezcalero of the Month Club agave spirit. This spirit was produced in the community of Santa Catarina Minas, Oaxaca. The maguey Arroqueno used to produce this mezcal were harvested by mezcalero Semei Garcia Ramos in Miahuatlan. The agaves were crushed by hand with wooden clubs and distilled in small clay pots.

Maguey Melate

Maguey Melate was founded on two ideas: 1) Artisanal agave spirits are amazing and should be shared with the world, and 2) The faster-cheaper economy is a harmful force for people, the environment, and now agave spirits.

They believe if mezcal (and agave spirits) can be understood and appreciated at its full potential, people will show their preference for quality artisanal mezcal that is sustainably and fairly sourced. By raising consumer consciousness on the origins of mezcal and educating enthusiasts on matters of quality and character, informed people will be empowered to ensure the future of mezcal. To do this, they're reaching a large audience with an impactful message: KEEP MEZCAL ARTISANAL!

Maguey Melate is perhaps most well-known for their Mezcalero of the Month Club, which delivers artisanal small-batch agave spirits directly to the doors of consumers in the US and Mexico. In addition to the monthly spirits, they offer exclusive content and interviews with producers. Single releases are also available in the Maguey Melate shop.

9 reviews

4.28 out of 5


Jonny

Jonny

497 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars4 weeks ago

It’s always great to taste something from a new (to me) producer in Minas. This one has all the “classic” Minas characteristics and doesn’t disappoint on any of those. It’s a bit sour on the nose, with some hints of unripe fruits and fresh flowers. The palate is dripping wet and a bit clay-heavy for me. I typically love clay pot distillations, but sometimes the clay overpowers the agave flavors, and I feel there’s a bit of that happening here. That said, this still has a lot of subtle complexities and it’s very soft and enjoyable.

It’s always great to taste something from a new (to me) producer in Minas. This one has all the “classic” Minas characteristics and doesn’t disappoint on any of those. It’s a bit sour on the nose, with some hints of unripe fruits and fresh flowers. The palate is dripping wet and a bit clay-heavy for me. I typically love clay pot distillations, but sometimes the clay overpowers the agave flavors, and I feel there’s a bit of that happening here. That said, this

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Maiapal

Maiapal

6 reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 stars4 weeks ago

Nose: Thick, fruity, complex
Taste: Nice sweetness, hint of mineral, faint hint of pineapple, medium finish. This has jumped to the front as a top tier favorite!

Gregg T&T

Gregg T&T

91 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars1 month ago

Musty and organic nose – the clay pot is making its presence. Nose is overripe berries with chocolate notes. Steamed greens, all spice and peppercorns on the palate.

JDB

JDB

16 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars2 months ago

What a fabulous Arroqueño, much sweeter than others I have had, smoother, and lots of beautiful chalk and earth notes. Changed a bit from when I first opened the bottle where there was more fruit and herbal notes. A bit of caramel and dark honey.

El-Dawg

El-Dawg

95 reviews
Rated 3 out of 5 stars2 months ago

People seem to love this one, but it’s not for me.
Leather and clay funk dominate the smell, and carries over to the taste. There’s some burnt rubber in there, with some pleasant sweetness, (but not enough), BBQ, saltiness. Overall I feel like the clay distillation on this one is not balanced out as well as it could be (but I seem to be in a minority here, so hey…).
Update: it has gotten better with some oxygen as I’ve had the bottle open longer, so I would bump this up more to a 3.5.

People seem to love this one, but it’s not for me.
Leather and clay funk dominate the smell, and carries over to the taste. There’s some burnt rubber in there, with some pleasant sweetness, (but not enough), BBQ, saltiness. Overall I feel like the clay distillation on this one is not balanced out as well as it could be (but I seem to be in a minority here, so hey…).
Update: it has gotten better with some oxygen as I’ve had the bottle open longer, so I would bump this up

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donpedro

donpedro

37 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars2 months ago

Wow, super floral and sweet on the nose. A bit of cinnamon salt water taffy aroma. Huge mesquite, BBQ flavors on the palate. Some citrus elements hiding in the background. Salty and sweet with mouthwatering acidity.

Azi

Azi

15 reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 stars2 months ago

WOW.
Savory, charcoal, BBQ, smoked poultry. Bbq pringles, BBQ potato chips. Will have to revisit this to pull out some more, but just wow on this level of smokey savory while still being clean!

Rakhal

Rakhal

284 reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 stars2 months ago

So savory and chocolaty! Sage turkey stuffing, Bbq sauce, cinnamon, Mexican hot chocolate out of a raw clay mug, with a lime-aid refreshing finish. I put this in a blind tasting against other Minas Mezcaleros including Lalo and Conejo and surprisingly to me it came out on top!! I have to visit this Mezcalera next time I’m in Minas!!

GreenspointTexas

GreenspointTexas

243 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars2 months ago

I peeked. I couldnt help it. The label art got to me. Very flowery pour. Rose hips, lavender, lilac. Lemon lime sprite with some minerality to finish. Solid

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