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Maguey Melate Lamparillo – Gilberto Roldán

Maguey Melate Lamparillo from Gilberto Roldán was originally released as the June 2022 Mezcalero of the Month Club agave spirit.

Rating: (5 reviews)
Category:Destilado de Agave
Brand:Maguey Melate
Mezcalero:Gilberto Roldan
Town:Nombre de Dios
ABV: 47.1%
Age of plant: 12-15 years
Batch size: Batch GIL-LAM-001: 500 liters
Release year: 2021
Website: https://www.magueymelate.com/, opens in new window

About this destilado de agave

Maguey Melate Lamparillo from Gilberto Roldán was originally released as the June 2022 Mezcalero of the Month Club agave spirit. This spirit is made with maguey Lamparillo (Agave asperrima), which is one of the more rarely found agaves used in mezcal production. The agave is almost yellow-ish, very rough to the touch, and extremely inefficient for mezcal production. The temperatures in this area of Durango often reach over 90 degrees Fahrenheit, making for very quick and hot fermentations that are usually only about 3 days.

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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362 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars2 weeks ago

Rustic AF

Zack Klamn

Zack Klamn

471 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars3 months ago

Nose – Crazy vegetal! Like opening a jar of cocktail onions. Fried green peppers. Black pepper. Olive oil.

Palate – Fried egg yolk. White pepper heat. Old leather. Very light powder sugar sweetness. Raw Anaheim pepper. Fried yellow onions.

Good stuff, one of the more unique mezcales I’ve tried in a while.



166 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars3 months ago

Wow – this one is amazing. Strong smells of spicy green peppers, like jalapeños, olives. Not a tep. but equally fragrant. Reminds me of a Salmiana as Rakhal mentioned. Tase is complex – brown sugar, pepper, root beer soda. Wow – this bottle is going quick!



373 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars4 months ago

This is delicious!! It’s sweet and fresh and very complex. I’m tasting so many things in this spirit! It kind of reminds me of Salmiana and Tepextate but it’s definitely it’s own thing. Root beer, cream soda, strawberry soda, white Tic Tacs, white chocolate, dried oak, brandied cherries, green bell pepper, and Sativa flower. This is such a joy to just lay back and slowly sip while the different flavors just keep coming.



603 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars4 months ago

Lot GIL-LAM-001. Spectacular spirit!! Aromas of cognac, vanilla, custard, clove, all spice, and a touch of pepper jack cheese. The palate is big a full with bright black pepper, water chestnuts, ginger root, pecans, and cooked collard greens. I’ve had a few other releases from Gilberto and this one is stellar.

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