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Maguey Melate Espadin – Heladio López Luis

Maguey Melate Espadin from Heladio López Luis was originally released as the June 2024 Mezcalero of the Month Club agave spirit.

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Category:Destilado de Agave
Brand:Maguey Melate
Mezcalero:Heladio Lopez
Maguey:Espadin
Agave:Angustifolia
Milling:Hand
Distillation:Clay Pot
Style:Joven
State:Oaxaca
Town:Santa Catarina Minas
ABV: 47.5%
Age of plant: 7 years
Batch size: HEL-ESB-001: 350 liters
Release year: 2024
Website: https://www.magueymelate.com/, opens in new window

About this destilado de agave

Maguey Melate Espadin from Heladio López Luis was originally released as the June 2024 Mezcalero of the Month Club agave spirit. Heladio listened to the elders in his community who stressed the importance of a quality water source for mezcal production. In 2022, he began making side-by-side batches with the only variable being the water source. This Espadin was made with water from the Tierra Blanca mountain spring, which is about 2km away. In other batches, he also uses water from the Rio Chico, which flows through his backyard, as well as collected rainwater.

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

3.75 out of 5

2 reviews

Ben P

Ben P

120 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars1 day ago

Nose: vanilla yogurt, tangy orange cream, play doh, petrichor, lemongrass as it sits

Palate: vanilla mango, some charred orange rind, a bit of sea water, kiwi skins, such a nice soft mouth feel. A bit of earth from the clay as you move into the finish. Reminds me of red clay. Finish is mesquite, a bit of bitter charred cilantro, after some time I get some nice grassiness

Lovely stuff. Agreeable, consistent from start to finish. Not wildly complex but I find it hard to believe most people won’t enjoy this. This is a pour I’ll probably reach for often over the coming months. I can see why Heladio said most visitors enjoy this.

Nose: vanilla yogurt, tangy orange cream, play doh, petrichor, lemongrass as it sits
Palate: vanilla mango, some charred orange rind, a bit of sea water, kiwi skins, such a nice soft mouth feel. A bit of earth from the clay as you move into the finish. Reminds me of red clay. Finish is mesquite, a bit of bitter charred cilantro, after some time I get some nice grassiness
Lovely stuff. Agreeable, consistent from start to finish. Not wildly complex but I find it hard to believe most people won’t

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les

les

37 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars4 days ago

orange, cream, vanilla, anise, mint, lemon peel, char, wood

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