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Maguey Melate Papalometl – David Rivera Herrera

Maguey Melate Papalometl from David Rivera Herrera is produced in Santa Maria Ixcatlan, Oaxaca using traditional Ixcateco production methods.

Rating: (7 reviews)
Category:Destilado de Agave
Brand:Maguey Melate
Mezcalero:David Rivera Herrera
Maguey:Papalometl
Agave:Potatorum
Grind:Hand
Distillation:Clay Pot
Style:Joven
State:Oaxaca
Town:Santa Maria Ixcatlan
ABV: 47.1%
Age of plant: 8-9 years
Release year: 2020
Website: https://www.magueymelate.com/, opens in new window
About this destilado de agave

Maguey Melate Papalometl from David Rivera Herrera was originally released as the January 2020 Mezcalero of the Month agave spirit. David produces in the small, rural community of Santa Maria Ixcatlan, Oaxaca. He producers mezcal using the traditions of this region, which are only followed by a handful of producers today, by fermenting agave in cowhides. David is just a young man and represents the next generation of this type of production.

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7 reviews

3.5 out of 5


Zack Klamn

Zack Klamn

148 reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 stars2 weeks ago

Nose – Funky guava note. BBQ Hawaiian chicken – sweet n’ meaty.

Palate – I’m a big fan of cow hide fermentation. A nice, hot punch midway through then almost a cooling, evaporative effect shortly after. Finish is exceptional – a charred meaty smokiness like a pineapple- marinated (hat tip to Rakhal – bbq pineapple is spot on!) sirloin charred on an oak campfire grill. Clam shell saltiness to complete the surf ‘n turf aspect.

David Rivera – ya frickin’ nailed it, buddy!

Nose – Funky guava note. BBQ Hawaiian chicken – sweet n’ meaty.
Palate – I’m a big fan of cow hide fermentation. A nice, hot punch midway through then almost a cooling, evaporative effect shortly after. Finish is exceptional – a charred meaty smokiness like a pineapple- marinated (hat tip to Rakhal – bbq pineapple is spot on!) sirloin charred on an oak campfire grill. Clam shell saltiness to complete the surf ‘n turf aspect.
David Rivera – y

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t8ke

t8ke

135 reviews
Rated 3 out of 5 stars7 months ago

Sweet at first before the salinity and meat move on in. This is next level savory and reminds me of meat, crackers and cheese. Charcuterie in a bottle.

Nic Hnastchenko

Nic Hnastchenko

108 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars7 months ago

Not sure that I’ve had any other mezcals fermented in the cow hide.

El-Dawg

El-Dawg

110 reviews
Rated 2 out of 5 stars8 months ago

That cowhide sure is crazy. This one is very different & unique. Mint & spice on the end, musty with some woodiness. Not sure at all about this one….out of the 10 pack taster pack this was 2nd to last.

Jonny

Jonny

507 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars1 year ago

It’s taken me awhile to really appreciate Ixcateco mezcal. At first, tasting stuff from Amando Alvarez, it was too meaty and taxidermy-ish for me. But the mouthfeel and subtle complexities have really grown on me. I now find that I’m sometimes only in the mood for mezcal from Ixcatlan. This one from David Rivera Herrera is awesome. The nose has grilled pineapple, clove, vanilla bean, and sweet pork glaze. The palate is thick with a nice saltiness to it. Notes of green olives, paprika, cumin, and jalapeno. The more frequently I open this, the more I enjoy it.

It’s taken me awhile to really appreciate Ixcateco mezcal. At first, tasting stuff from Amando Alvarez, it was too meaty and taxidermy-ish for me. But the mouthfeel and subtle complexities have really grown on me. I now find that I’m sometimes only in the mood for mezcal from Ixcatlan. This one from David Rivera Herrera is awesome. The nose has grilled pineapple, clove, vanilla bean, and sweet pork glaze. The palate is thick with a nice saltiness to it. Notes of green olives, paprika

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Rakhal

Rakhal

311 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars1 year ago

Barbecued pineapple, caramel, cinnamon, mango, pine, with a spicy salty cayenne pepper olive brine finish.

GreenspointTexas

GreenspointTexas

266 reviews
Rated 3 out of 5 stars1 year ago

Middle of the road. Completely average. Not bad, but not something im dying to open again anytime soon.

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