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Maguey Melate Pichomel – Noel Negrellos Ortega

Maguey Melate Pichomel from Noel Negrellos Ortega was originally released as the January 2023 Mezcalero of the Month Club agave spirit.

Rating: (7 reviews)
Category:Destilado de Agave
Brand:Maguey Melate
Mezcalero:Noel Negrellos Ortega
Maguey:Pichomel
Agave:Marmorata
Grind:Hand
Distillation:Copper
Style:Joven
State:Puebla
Town:San Luis Atolotitlan
ABV: 46.5%
Age of plant: 10-15 years
Batch size: NOE-PIC-001: 200 liters
Release year: 2022
Website: https://www.magueymelate.com/, opens in new window

About this destilado de agave

Maguey Melate Pichomel from Noel Negrellos Ortega was originally released as the January 2023 Mezcalero of the Month Club agave spirit. Noel’s palenque is located about 15 minutes from one of the oldest salt mines in the Americas. The same water and minerality found at that salt mine can be found in Noel’s well, which is where water for his mezcal production is sourced.

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

3.86 out of 5

7 reviews

tallchad

tallchad

108 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars1 year ago

This is a really good agave spirit with good heat and a fantastic finish.
The aroma has rock candy, mild salinity, some tropical fruit and green grapes.
The taste is “darker” than the aroma with minerals, soil, some pepper and a hint of clove.
The finish is where this one shines…it’s crazy long with good heat and more good flavors!

This comes with a bonus bottle by Noel. It is also really good but so different than the Pichomel.
Aroma has salt-water taffy and peaches.
The taste is thin but good with river rock, pepper and light vegetal.
The finish is good with medium heat. Also 3.5 stars

This is a really good agave spirit with good heat and a fantastic finish.
The aroma has rock candy, mild salinity, some tropical fruit and green grapes.
The taste is “darker” than the aroma with minerals, soil, some pepper and a hint of clove.
The finish is where this one shines…it’s crazy long with good heat and more good flavors!
This comes with a bonus bottle by Noel. It is also really good but so different than the Pichomel.
Aroma has salt-water taffy and peaches.
Th

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JDB

JDB

167 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars1 year ago

Bottle: 277

Delicious stuff. Pickle juice, watermelon rind, and faint flavor of strawberry. Green aromas with light smoke. A dash of eucalyptus and mint. And hearty cucumber. Does taste quite a bit different from a tepeztate, but I am not complaining. Sign me up for more pichomels from Puebla!

Azi

Azi

40 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars1 year ago

First sniff – didn’t love it. That new car/tennis can smell just came off as chemicals to me in not a great way. But that quickly faded away. taste is sweet and slightly grassy with a tropical backbone of breadfruit and custard apple. various woods and tree branches (from the southern hemisphere/warm places) LOADS of vanilla and cream. I started thinking this would sit on the shelf – but I think this will be reached for far more often.

El-Dawg

El-Dawg

214 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars1 year ago

Love this smell – banana runt candy, and soft cream. I actually get some reminiscent notes of a tep (not your green fresh vegetables or jalapeños, but something reminds me about it’s “cousin” agave). There’s an ‘artificial taste’ like others have mentioned ‘new tennis balls, or new car, or new something…’. This one is really delicious though, and can be sipped on all day. 4.25 Stars.

Jonny

Jonny

708 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars1 year ago

Lot NOE-PIC-001. Almost nothing of what I’d expect from an Agave marmorata (if it were from Oaxaca). Aromas of grapefruit, green apples, new blue jeans, and Dr Pepper. The palate is soft and delicate, a bit light. Tasting notes of molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, cedar, toffee, and sourdough bread. This is not what I was expecting but I’m liking it a lot.

Manning

Manning

24 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars1 year ago

Aroma: very muted with a little bit of strawberry and green apple and a hint of red pepper.
Taste: some lactic funk and plastic in the taste. Also getting some raspberry, vanilla, and peppercorn in the finish.
Overall: this is not bad, but not very memorable either and one-dimensional.
Score: 7.5/10

Rakhal

Rakhal

421 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars1 year ago

It’s crazy how the same species of Agave will taste completely different in a different area! This tastes nothing like a Oaxacan Tepextate. If I had blind tasted this I would’ve guessed it was an Alto from Michoacán. New car smell, can of new tennis balls, sandalwood, dryer sheets, cedar chest. I like this a lot.

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