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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: (3 reviews)
Category:Destilado de Agave
Brand:Maguey Melate
Mezcalero:Noel Negrellos Ortega
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.

3 reviews

3.83 out of 5



615 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars1 month 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.



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Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars1 month 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



389 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars2 months 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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