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Maguey Melate Cupreata – Federico Valentín Alva Ibáñez

Maguey Melate Cupreata from Federico Valentín Alva Ibáñez is made with agave Cupreata, which he also refers to as Tobala Verde.

Rating: (8 reviews)
Category:Destilado de Agave
Brand:Maguey Melate
Mezcalero:Federico Valentín Alva Ibáñez
Agave:Cupreata
Grind:Shredder
Distillation:Copper
Style:Joven
State:Puebla
Town:San Nicolás Huajuapan
ABV: 47.4%
Age of plant: 12-14 years
Batch size: June 2020 batch: 70 liters
Website: https://www.magueymelate.com/, opens in new window

About this destilado de agave

Maguey Melate Cupreata from Federico Valentín Alva Ibáñez was produced by Don Fede at the age of 95 years old. At the time of production, he’d been distilling for 80 years, having started at the early age of 15.

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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.

8 reviews

3.63 out of 5

TheAgaveFairy

TheAgaveFairy

164 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars9 months ago

Nose: Oh that’s nice, mineral, meaty, grilled limes for days, really clear agave, light fruits in syrup, floral. This hits on many receptors. My notes go closest to Tyler’s + the cedar notes. Browned butter ever so softly, bacon bits, a little cayenne, cinnamon, this is just fun.

Palate: Acidic in a fun way, confirming the grilled lime on the nose, a minerality, but just a nice agave body with a light astringent white pepper holding it back. The finish is of decent length, and is subtle and subdued though a touch on the smoky side.

Thoughts: The story behind this guy is amazing; he has a good style going and clearly knows what he’s doing.

Conclusion and “t8ke” scale rating: 7/10. Amazing to taste something like this!

Nose: Oh that’s nice, mineral, meaty, grilled limes for days, really clear agave, light fruits in syrup, floral. This hits on many receptors. My notes go closest to Tyler’s + the cedar notes. Browned butter ever so softly, bacon bits, a little cayenne, cinnamon, this is just fun.
Palate: Acidic in a fun way, confirming the grilled lime on the nose, a minerality, but just a nice agave body with a light astringent white pepper holding it back. The finish is of decent length, and is subtle and

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Tyler

Tyler

529 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars10 months ago

Heard Don Fede’s ensamble blend is really good and want to try it. For me, this Cupreata is fine. It is straight-forward. Some pleasant fruit notes. A bit of damp tree bark. Good control of ABV. There are some slight lactic notes in the finish but they aren’t too distracting. The plastic fermentation is interesting – how is that affecting the flavor? 50ml mini-bottle from the tasting kit. Lot FED-CUP-001. 70 liters.

tallchad

tallchad

37 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars11 months ago

Really nice all around. From the Maguey Melate tasting box. Aroma is good, clean with light smoke. Rakhal was right when he mentioned cedar. The taste is bold and strong but the finish is my favorite part: it’s like hot lava and asparagus! Super fun.

gonzalezjr21

gonzalezjr21

3 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars1 year ago

A very enjoyable Cupreata! Tasty with a bit of a bite. Zesty green pepper, bright citrus notes, musty with some sweet fruity flavors. Don Fede is a 95 year old mezcalero who started making mezcal since he was 15 years old.

Nic Hnastchenko

Nic Hnastchenko

108 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars1 year ago

One of my favorites from the tasting batch, real tasty. Cupreata an underrated agave.

GreenspointTexas

GreenspointTexas

323 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars1 year ago

Standard Cupreata. Melon, lime, and basil. Slight gritiness on the back end… reminds me of Del Maguey’s Tobala for some reason

Rakhal

Rakhal

317 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars1 year ago

Nice Cupreata from Don Fede. Fresh jalapeño, spearmint, cinnamon, allspice, and cedar. His Ensamble is still my favorite though.

El-Dawg

El-Dawg

136 reviews
Rated 3 out of 5 stars1 year ago

Musty smell, and the test was very sharp & ethanol laced. Didn’t get a whole lot here and wasn’t terribly impressed. Slightly better than his espadilla, but my favorite from Don Fede is still the Ensemble that Melate released summer 2020. 3.25 & review #50!

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