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Maguey Melate Maximiliana – Julio Topete Becerra

Maguey Melate Maximiliana from maestro Raicillero Julio Topete Becerra is produced in the community of Rancho Nuevo, Jalisco.

Rating: (4 reviews)
Category:Destilado de Agave
Brand:Maguey Melate
Raicillero:Julio Topete Becerra
ABV: 50%
Age of plant: 12-15 years
Release year: 2020
Website: https://www.magueymelate.com/, opens in new window

About this destilado de agave

Maguey Melate Maximiliana from Raicillero Julio Topete Becerra was originally released as the February 2020 Mezcalero of the Month agave spirit. Julio regularly produces for La Reina Raicilla, and this was a special batch for Maguey Melate. In lieu of the underground pit oven typically used to cook agave Oaxaca, Julio uses an above ground adobe oven that is more common in Jalisco, where he produces. This was the first non-Oaxaca producer featured in Maguey Melate’s monthly spirits program.

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.

4 reviews

3.25 out of 5



144 reviews
Rated 3 out of 5 stars2 years ago

Fruity at first with red berries, currant, strawberry and then a glue and varnish note. Interesting and wild. Some lactic influence on the back palate. A bit of pepper. Faintly musty.

Wild, interesting, fun.



382 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars3 years ago

Big fan of this one. Thyme, wood ash, banana cream pie, arugula, freshly mown grass, cacao, caramel, salted cucumber. Really vegetal and funky but it just works for me.



372 reviews
Rated 1 out of 5 stars3 years ago

I know Dalton said this was one of his favorites, but this was a gigantic miss for me. Almost couldnt finish the 2oz I poured for myself. One of the most harsh and messy agave spirits I can remember. Im down for cheesey/funky/earthy raicillas, but this is something else. Mulch meets paint thinner. Not for me. Will revisit, but damn this was not good the first time around. Dalton, if you are reading, im sorry 🙁



7 reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 stars3 years ago

My first taste of this was “wow!” The flavor is very unique compared to the other mezcals I’ve tried, even some sweet ones. The nose is sweet. The taste is also sweet, almost a bourbon maple syrup or caramelized sugar flavor. It’s very smooth, no bite. As I continued tasting I got a hint of a sort of green/dirt flavor as a back note. I tried this as part of Maguey Melate’s subscription club at an ABV of 50%.

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