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Maguey Melate Ensamble – Luis Enrique Juarez

Maguey Melate Ensamble from Luis Enrique Juarez is an additional release from the July 2019 Mezcalero of the Month Club.

About this destilado de agave

Maguey Melate Ensamble from Luis Enrique Juarez is made with 50% Espadin, 20% Mexicano, 20% Barril, and 10% Barril Chino. Once cooked and fermented, the agaves were crushed by tahona and distilled in a copper refrescadera still.

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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TheAgaveFairy

TheAgaveFairy

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Rated 3 out of 5 stars1 month ago

46.2% – was my sample from a friend labeled wrong?

Nose: Minerals, gravel, hot charcoal, wow this is unique and esoteric. I’ll readily admit I’m having problems pinning this down. Looking at varietals, there’s some barril grass and mexicano chocolates, sure, brisket burnt ends, a few dried herbs like thyme and sage. More chocolates and meat and black pepper are coming through slowly. For all the dark notes, this doesn’t really smell acrid or burnt.

Palate: A full texture on entry, swelling into a mineral ashen sweetness where a mild pepper fights against charcoal and a vague creamy sweetness. MezcalReviews lists this as 42.6%, regardless, this is a bit hot. The finish has a great agave sweetness that’s earthy and subtle.

Thoughts: I haven’t had much like this, it reminds me of some rustic Michoacan offerings. Really unique, and I want to try more!

Conclusion and “t8ke” scale rating: 6/10. Fascinating juice, totally worth trying. Just a bit hot and esoteric.

46.2% – was my sample from a friend labeled wrong?
Nose: Minerals, gravel, hot charcoal, wow this is unique and esoteric. I’ll readily admit I’m having problems pinning this down. Looking at varietals, there’s some barril grass and mexicano chocolates, sure, brisket burnt ends, a few dried herbs like thyme and sage. More chocolates and meat and black pepper are coming through slowly. For all the dark notes, this doesn’t really smell acrid or burnt.
Palate: A full texture on entry,

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