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Maguey Melate Barril – Jaime Reyes Morales

Maguey Melate Barril from Jaime Reyes Morales was originally released as the September 2022 Mezcalero of the Month Club agave spirit.

Rating: (10 reviews)
Category:Destilado de Agave
Brand:Maguey Melate
Mezcalero:Jaime Reyes Morales
Maguey:Barril
Agave:Karwinskii
Grind:Tahona
Distillation:Copper
Style:Joven
State:Oaxaca
Town:Ejutla
ABV: 58.9%
Age of plant: 10 years
Batch size: JAI-BAR-001: 300 liters
Release year: 2022
Website: https://www.magueymelate.com/, opens in new window

About this destilado de agave

Maguey Melate Barril from Jaime Reyes Morales was originally released as the September 2022 Mezcalero of the Month Club agave spirit. The palenque where this mezcal was produced is located in a remote region of Ejutla, Oaxaca. It’s about 45 minutes from centro, on the boarder of Sola de Vega. Jaime is a “tuna” farmer. The “tuna” is the prickly pear that grows on the top of the cactus in this region and his palenque is surrounded by hundreds of clusters that he harvests every September and October. Batch JAI-BAR-001 was fermented with open air yeasts during the “tuna” bloom in October 2020.

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.

10 reviews

4.3 out of 5

JDB

JDB

78 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars2 weeks ago

Bottle 408, ABV: 58.9%
Evergreen trees on the nose, lots of good heat on the palate, finishes with an apple sweetness (think gala or honey crisp) and fresh mint. Flavors linger for a good long while too. Some days you want a 750 of these maguey melate offerings, but with a high abv, you can get into trouble really quickly, so maybe it is a good thing to hang around at 375!

Tyler

Tyler

591 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars2 months ago

A strong mezcal full of flavor. Most of the heat sits in your mouth and doesn’t burn or anything. Red apple skins and brown sugar. Sipped during a Maguey Melate Zoom tasting and the note of chiles stuck – I’m getting some cooked sweet chile notes too. This is a savory Karwinskii mezcal with a bit of a dry finish but not dry flavor notes. JAI-BAR-001.

Manning

Manning

12 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars2 months ago

JAI-BAR-001. 58.9% abv.
Wow, for a nearly 60% mezcal, this drinks like 40% but with sooo much flavor. Incredible complexity in this one with so many different dessert qualities like baked bread, vanilla cupcakes with sprinkles, apple cake, sugar cookies, etc. But the bakery sweetness is nicely balanced with herbal, woody, ginger, mint, and green pepper. This is a banger of a mezcal. Maguey Melate hit this one out of the park. 9+/10

GreenspointTexas

GreenspointTexas

373 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars2 months ago

Enjoyed it. Would buy again

El-Dawg

El-Dawg

170 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars2 months ago

This bottle is almost gone….how is this thing almost 59%?!? Delicious karwinskii notes…creamy, woody, vanilla, frosting cake. Sweet and savory. And all around banger of a mezcal.

JRock

JRock

2 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars2 months ago

Jai-Bar-001

First tasting:
Sweet and sour, malt vinegar and eucalyptus bark on the nose and sugar/caramel on the tongue.. Then the next wave of flavors came on; the syrupy sauce of a good apple pie, with a bit of salinity. Impressively smooth considering the abv%.

Looking forwards to the second tasting to see what else comes to mind.

exileonmorrison

exileonmorrison

5 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars3 months ago

JAI-BAR-001. The nose is surprisingly warm and inviting; it smells of fresh, sweet sticky buns and has no indication of being 58.9% ABV. When it hits the tongue, again, the expected heat is not there. It’s all candied brown sugar, ginger, and hints of cinnamon. It’s easily the most remarkable high proof spirit I’ve ever tasted.

Zack Klamn

Zack Klamn

497 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars4 months ago

Batch: JAI-BAR-001
Nose – Baked sour apples. Melted brown sugar. Somewhat dusty. Nice aromas.

Palate – HUGE bran muffin and warm butter notes – wow! A cinnamon stick lick. Fresh dates. Pinker watermelon closer to the rind. This does not nearly have the heat of a 59% mezcal – I’d ballpark heat-wise in the high 40’s. Full flavor and seemingly very complex – fantastic stuff.

Rakhal

Rakhal

382 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars4 months ago

JAI-BAR-001. This is my third time tasting this Barril and I love it more and more!! It reminds me of all things sweet, dark, and sticky. It’s decadent. Brown sugar, nutmeg, peat, brûléed sugar, hot dark chocolate fudge, table salt, dark chocolate mousse, and a Peppermint Altoids finish. Damn this is tasty!

Jonny

Jonny

607 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars4 months ago

JAI-BAR-001. Strong aromas. A little malty on the nose with some notes of bran and cake. Additional aromas of leafy greens, dry pine needles, cranberries, figs, and dates. The palate has some heat but not in a way that it gets in the way of the flavor. It’s there for sure, but the payout on the flavor is worth the little burn. Notes of cognac, nutmeg, hickory, butter, brown sugar, iodine, salt, lead, and honeydew melon. This thing is all over the place with the flavor notes really tightly packed. This seems to change quite a bit the longer it sits in the glass. I’m really enjoying this one a lot.

JAI-BAR-001. Strong aromas. A little malty on the nose with some notes of bran and cake. Additional aromas of leafy greens, dry pine needles, cranberries, figs, and dates. The palate has some heat but not in a way that it gets in the way of the flavor. It’s there for sure, but the payout on the flavor is worth the little burn. Notes of cognac, nutmeg, hickory, butter, brown sugar, iodine, salt, lead, and honeydew melon. This thing is all over the place with the flavor notes really tightly

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