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Maguey Melate Espadin – Lidia Hernández Hernández

Maguey Melate Espadin from Lidia Hernández Hernández shows the complexity of maguey espadin (Agave angustifolia) that is too often overlooked.

Rating: (6 reviews)
Category:Destilado de Agave
Brand:Maguey Melate
Mezcalero:Lidia Hernández Hernández
Maguey:Espadin
Agave:Angustifolia
Grind:Tahona
Distillation:Copper
Style:Joven
State:Oaxaca
Town:Santiago Matatlan
ABV: 44%
Age of plant: 8 years
Batch size: Batch LID-ESP-001: 400 Liters
Release year: 2021
Website: https://www.magueymelate.com/
About this destilado de agave

Maguey Melate Espadin from Lidia Hernández Hernández was originally released as the February 2021 Mezcalera of the Month Club agave spirit. This spirit was produced using Agave angustifolia in Santiago Matatlan, Oaxaca. This wasn’t just any Espadín batch, however. It’s what Lidia calls ‘first-class’ Espadín as it was cultivated from seeds rather than root born. It grew on her family’s land and was capon’d for 4 months before harvest. The agave cooked in an underground pit oven for 4 days before being milled via tahona. They fermented in pine wood vats for 5 days and were distilled in a copper pot still. The entire batch featured in this first release (LID-ESP-001) was 400 liters from December 2020.

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.

6 reviews

4.17 out of 5


donpedro

donpedro

35 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars6 days ago

Minty and herbal up front – lots of pine, kaffir lime, and lavender soap. Things get a bit funkier on the palate with even more lavender, some lemon, and sea salt. Surprisingly not overly sweet even given the low ABV.

rsidrys

rsidrys

46 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars1 week ago

Could probably finish the whole bottle in one sitting. It’s not mind-blowing, it’s just really, really tasty.

Didn’t have a typical espadin nose for me- had more of a green vegetal note. As it had a chance to air out it just got sweeter and sweeter. Reminded me a lot of lemon bars.

Rakhal

Rakhal

262 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars3 weeks ago

Really clean, soft, light, well balanced, and delicate. It’s floral with plumeria flower, jasmine flower, lychee, rambutan, lime leaves, lemongrass, and a finish that is salty and woody like sea salt and those yellow number 2 pencils I would chew in school. I like it as the first Mezcal of the night but if I switch to a Mezcal with stronger flavors and then go back to it, it seems too soft.

GreenspointTexas

GreenspointTexas

238 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars3 weeks ago

Its fine. End of story

Azi

Azi

13 reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 stars4 weeks ago

After a few releases that leaned into the funkier sides of things, this release from MM is anything but. Insanely refined, leaning dessert vibes. Orange peels, white chocolate, marjoram, cardamom. Nose adds in some more citrus zest (limes probably), maybe even bits of lime leaf and lemongrass?. White flowers, other lighter flowers, and just all round wonderful. Wow

Jonny

Jonny

480 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars4 weeks ago

Really pleasant! Aromas of chocolate oranges, lavender, coconut, fennel, and caramel. The palate is full and viscous. Notes of dried green tea, nugget, oysters, and cooked asparagus. This is a solid Espadin and it’s bigger and fuller than what I expected at 44%.

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