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Maguey Melate Velato – Agustin Guendulain Maya

Maguey Melate Velato is produced by mezcalero Agustin Guendulain Maya, who has been featured at many of Oaxaca’s finest mezcalerias, like Mezcaleria Cuish.

Rating: (4 reviews)
Category:Destilado de Agave
Brand:Maguey Melate
Mezcalero:Agustin Guendulain Maya
Distillation:Copper, Refrescador
Town:San Luis Amatlan
ABV: 48%
Age of plant: 7-9 years
Release year: 2019
Website: https://www.magueymelate.com/, opens in new window

About this destilado de agave

Maguey Melate Velato from Agustin Guendulain Maya was originally released as the August 2019 Mezcalero of the Month agave spirit. The maguey Velato also goes by the name “Maguey de Lumbre” (maguey of fire), because it turns a yellow-orange when reaching maturity. To Agustin’s knowledge, this is the only agave whose piña turns such yellow-orange when sprouting a quiote.

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

3.38 out of 5

4 reviews



219 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars1 year ago

AGU-VEL-0001 – tried this in 100ml form as part of a Melate tasting kit.
Great nose! Smell is really inviting: sweet yet a bit dry/ashy (reminds me of a cenizo). Taste is a bit drier….ashy with some rotten fruit. Smokier though in a great way. This seems to be a better batch than what the other had tried 3 years ago. Really interesting with some unique subtleties.
Review #178



713 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars4 years ago

Very soft. Smoke, sandalwood, patchouli incense, hemp, dry grass, and hay. The palate is full of earthy variances of the same theme. It’s nice and balanced. This batch is smokier than previous instances I’ve tasted from this maestro, but still have the familiar notes.



422 reviews
Rated 2 out of 5 stars4 years ago

Alcohol, sandalwood, bitter gentian root, hemp rope, soy sauce, bbq sauce, olive brine, red meat, roast agave. Interesting but I don’t like it.



385 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars4 years ago

3.75 really. Fresh cut grass, sweetgum, and some ash. A little pine sol on the finish. Pretty standard offering, not overly complex, slightly harsh finish.

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