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Maguey Melate Pulquero – Felix Hernandez Ruiz

Maguey Melate Pulquero from Felix Hernandez Ruiz is a small batch production from Santiago Matatlan, Oaxaca.

Rating: (5 reviews)
Category:Destilado de Agave
Brand:Maguey Melate
Mezcalero:Félix Hernández Ruiz
Town:Santiago Matatlan
ABV: 49.1%
Age of plant: 15-16 years
Release year: 2020
Website: https://www.magueymelate.com/
About this destilado de agave

Maguey Melate Pulquero from Felix Hernandez Ruiz was originally released as the October 2020 Mezcalero of the Month Club agave spirit. This mezcal was produced in Santiago Matatlan, Oaxaca, which is known locally as “The Mezcal Capital of the World.” Felix is a 3rd generation maestro mezcalero and has been producing mezcal on his own since 2001.

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.

5 reviews

4.4 out of 5



436 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars2 days ago

FEL-PUL-001. Subtle yet charming nose. Some aromas of brine, green olives, and vermouth. This smells like a gin martini. The palate has a bit of black pepper spice, sandalwood, and more green olives. I admittedly don’t normally like mezcal made with this agave, but this one is nice, very different from the others I’ve tasted.



7 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars2 days ago

Caught me off guard, but in a great way. Another solid batch from Maguey Melate. This is the first Pulquero I’ve tried. I suck at explaining smells and taste compared to previous reviews, but I can assure you this is an amazing one. Saluuuuuuu!



182 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars1 week ago

Jasmine, dried thyme, lime zest, green olives in brine, spicy cayenne pepper. Initially I got notes of steamed artichoke but the next time I tried it that was gone and it had been replaced by lots of spearmint and something like butterscotch. The finish is pleasantly bitter like the hops in an IPA. Very nice.



3 reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 stars2 weeks ago

Wow. I don’t know mezcal well, but this is outstanding. I have a very limited mezcal vocabulary, but I’ll do my best.

Vegetal and incredibly green: bamboo shoots, artichokes, hearts of palm (wisps of vinegar). even lettuces
Pink peppercorns, white flowers, boiled potatoes. this is incredible. My first from Maguey Melate. looking forward to so so many more

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20 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars3 weeks ago

Second night with this one and still trying to unravel it: white vinegar, artichoke, green olive brine, peppercorns, bell pepper, that bitter herb flavor you find in some sotol, very little ethanol bite or burn (surprisingly for 50% ABV), a slowly fading finish, only slightly sweet, that makes you want to come back for another sip. Intriguing and enjoyable. Looking forward to reading other reviews because I’m not the best at describing these things.

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