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Maguey Melate Barril – Semei Garcia Ramos

Maguey Melate Barril from young mezcalero Semei Garcia Ramos is produced in Santa Maria La Pila, Miahuatlan, Oaxaca.

Rating: (2 reviews)
Category:Destilado de Agave
Brand:Maguey Melate
Mezcalero:Semei Garcia Ramos
Town:Santa Maria La Pila
ABV: 46%
Age of plant: 15 years
Batch size: Lot SEM-BAR-001: 80 liters
Website: https://www.magueymelate.com/, opens in new window

About this destilado de agave

Maguey Melate Barril from Semei Garcia Ramos is made from maguey Barril (Agave karwinskii). Semei comes from a long line of legendary producers in his family, including his grandfather, Don Valente Angel. While Semei helps with his grandfather’s Alipus production, his own mezcals are rarely exported.

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.

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4.5 out of 5

2 reviews



37 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars1 year ago

batch: SEM-BAR-001
bottle: 15
abv: 46%

gold-standard barril. jonny nailed the tasting notes, especially the nod to don valente.

++ ripe honeydew melon, dr. pepper, cool air, and old books from the back of a cedar closet

review #13



713 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars1 year ago

Aromas of mint, bubblegum, coconut, jasmine, kiwi, and guava. The palate is thick and syrupy, with notes of strawberry jam, ripe plum, peach, and chalky minerals. This is reminiscent of some of the bubblegum type notes that I typically get from Don Valente’s mezcal, yet still distinctly different. Really enjoyable. The more I have from Semei, the more I like them.

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