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Maguey Melate Cupreata – Erasto Celerino Moreno

Maguey Melate Cupreata from Erasto Celerino Moreno was originally released as the November 2023 Mezcalero of the Month Club agave spirit.

Rating: (6 reviews)
Category:Destilado de Agave
Brand:Maguey Melate
Mezcalero:Erasto Celerino Moreno
Maguey:Papalote
Agave:Cupreata
Grind:Shredder
Distillation:Copper
Style:Joven
State:Guerrero
ABV: 49.8%
Release year: 2023
Website: https://www.magueymelate.com/, opens in new window

About this destilado de agave

Maguey Melate Cupreata from Erasto Celerino Moreno was originally released as the November 2023 Mezcalero of the Month Club agave spirit. For the month of November 2023, club members received one of three different Cupreata (Papalote) batches: 1) Erasto’s Papalotes come from the northern part of Guerrero near the La Cuenca del Balsas River, 2) Benigno’s purely capon’d Cupreatas come from the humid oak and pine forests and take 10-18 years to reach maturity, or 3) Faustino’s cultivated Papalotes are in a slightly less humid, warm forest region.

All three of these releases come from the Sanzekan Cooperativa that started in 1990 with products like corn and beans, and eventually expanded to include mezcal in the early 2000s.

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.

Member rating

3.58 out of 5

6 reviews

Spirit_Buff

Spirit_Buff

5 reviews
Rated 3 out of 5 stars4 months ago

Mezcal Review #4 – Maguey Melate November 2023 Club Pick – Cupreata

Cupreata, 49.8% ABV.

Notes: From Oxtotitlan, Guerrero. Distilled in a copper pot by Erasto Celerino Moreno. 120 L outrun, March 2023.

Nose: Not super aromatic, but very pleasant. Fruity – cantaloupe, touch of sake, spearmint, and acetone.

Palate: Medium viscosity, sweet and very clean. White sweet tarts, a bit lactic but not in a cheesy way. Touch of sawdust. All very well balanced.

Finish: Slightly tannic and minty. Minerality becomes apparent – clay.

Comments: Much more my speed, I like this way better than the October Raicilla.

Mezcal Review #4 – Maguey Melate November 2023 Club Pick – Cupreata
Cupreata, 49.8% ABV.
Notes: From Oxtotitlan, Guerrero. Distilled in a copper pot by Erasto Celerino Moreno. 120 L outrun, March 2023.
Nose: Not super aromatic, but very pleasant. Fruity – cantaloupe, touch of sake, spearmint, and acetone.
Palate: Medium viscosity, sweet and very clean. White sweet tarts, a bit lactic but not in a cheesy way. Touch of sawdust. All very well balanced.
Finish: Slightly tannic and minty.

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relevanteagle

relevanteagle

12 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars6 months ago

Bottle: 245 ABV 49.8%

Nose: sweet, candy, bell pepper, cotton candy

Palate: sweet, minerality, sugar water, a little bitterness, lychee

Finish: minerality, spring water

Thoughts: This was decent. I felt it had nice flavor but the mouth feel wasn’t that great. Starts pretty sweet and then that sweetness falls off and leads to a strong minerality with some bitterness. Not as complex as I would like.

Imperium

Imperium

99 reviews
Rated 3 out of 5 stars7 months ago

Nose: Prickly pear, melon, sharpie pen, some sour notes reminiscent of an inacquidens.

Palate: overripe fruits, including banana, melon and kiwi. Moves into minerality and stewy fruits.

Decent but not on the level of other capon’d papalote I’ve had.

Jam

Jam

156 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars7 months ago

Review #81: nose is full of fresh fruits, apple, cantaloupe, lemon, sweet sharpie, blueberry skins, ocean air, lemongrass, rosemary, and as it opens up i get wood and a chocolate dusting.
Palate is a bit delicate with more apple, mix of melons, sweet woodiness, lemongrass, basil and the finish has dry rosemary and a touch dark chocolate.

I find this to be delicate and composed. Everything is working in harmony with a beautiful arrangement of fruits and mild base notes of bitterness from the herbs and chocolate. This is an easygoing no frills pour. I didn’t find anything necessarily stood out, but everything going on is well put together. It’s just a bit too delicate to really put this into super interesting territory for me, but delicious nonetheless.

Review #81: nose is full of fresh fruits, apple, cantaloupe, lemon, sweet sharpie, blueberry skins, ocean air, lemongrass, rosemary, and as it opens up i get wood and a chocolate dusting.
Palate is a bit delicate with more apple, mix of melons, sweet woodiness, lemongrass, basil and the finish has dry rosemary and a touch dark chocolate.
I find this to be delicate and composed. Everything is working in harmony with a beautiful arrangement of fruits and mild base notes of bitterness from the herb

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El-Dawg

El-Dawg

214 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars7 months ago

Delicate floral notes. Berries. Dry, woodiness. Soft aromas in general.
Taste is a bit sharp with some heat. Bit dull with the complexities, but with an overarching creamy lactic note that is pleasant. Best part is a longer sweet finish that lingers in the mouth. Good but nothing mind blowing.

Ben P

Ben P

114 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars7 months ago

Nose: soft fruits and herbal, juicy pear, slightly stanky cantaloupe, banana, lemongrass, honeysuckle, very delicate

Palate & nose: more of that overripe cantaloupe on front of palate, too soft golden kiwi, rotten banana, apricot jelly, it’s a combination of fruity sweet with slight funk but not overboard, then it all quickly shifts to more bitter and mineral moving into the finish, grapefruit rind, graphite. Finish lets up on the bitterness bringing a slightly chalky mouthfeel, the funky melon banana reappears with a bit of mint and basil influence this time. It’s short here which is really my only knock on this stuff.

I’m a Cupreata lover and this is an example of why. Tons of melon and fruit, a little herbs and minerality. It’s really well balanced with a pretty layer of funk. I struggled with 4 or 4.5 here. It’s good that’s for sure.

Nose: soft fruits and herbal, juicy pear, slightly stanky cantaloupe, banana, lemongrass, honeysuckle, very delicate
Palate & nose: more of that overripe cantaloupe on front of palate, too soft golden kiwi, rotten banana, apricot jelly, it’s a combination of fruity sweet with slight funk but not overboard, then it all quickly shifts to more bitter and mineral moving into the finish, grapefruit rind, graphite. Finish lets up on the bitterness bringing a slightly chalky mouthfeel, the funky

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