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Marca Negra Ensamble

Marca Negra Ensamble is made with several different types of agave. There are two different releases of this mezcal and both editions are worth trying.

About this mezcal

Mezcal Marca Negra Ensamble is made by two different mezcaleros in two different towns. Make sure to check your bottle for exact details. Older releases were made by Alberto (Don Beto) Ortiz in Santa Maria La Pila, Miahuatlan, Oaxaca with agaves Espadin, Bicuishe and Madrecuixe. It has a semisweet beginning with citrus and yellow plum , clove and white pepper, and a floral end.  As of 2017, the Mezcal Marca Negra ensambles are produced by Basilio Pacheco in La Noria, Ejutla, Oaxaca with agaves Espadin, Mexicano, and Sanmartin (sp. Karwinskii) using 1/3 of each type of agave.

Marca Negra Mezcal

Mezcal Marca Negra is made for all who wish to explore and embrace the ancient traditions of true mezcal. The handprint on the bottle represents the tireless work of the master distillers and the ancient knowledge that marks each and every batch. Marca Negra seeks the purest and most diverse expressions of this fantastic spirit, wherever they made be found. Due to limited batch production, the product line changes constantly. New mezcal varieties are created while others cease to exist. Mezcal Marca Negra is 48% ABV or higher because the mezcal is bottled at the alcohol level preferred by the maestro mezcaleros. Check your bottles for details about each specific batch.

Learn about Mezcal Marca Negra in these blog posts:

10 reviews

3.3 of out 5 stars


TheAgaveFairy

TheAgaveFairy

73 reviews
4 weeks ago

Espadin, San Martin & Mexicano

Compared to the MN Dobadan next to it, much more candied. Laffy taffy candy flavors, amaretto, lemon and grapefruit and grass. Sweet, mineral, candied palate. Slight celery seed finish. Solid, a little hot on entry. 7/10.

COak

COak

87 reviews
2 months ago

Alberto Ortiz. MJ19-15 48/300. Bicuishe, Espadin and madrecuishe. I had higher hopes for this one. It has nice minerals, lavender and citrus flavors. What I don’t love about is it’s finish, too spicy and dry.

TheAuditor

TheAuditor

17 reviews
3 months ago

Macra Negra Ensamble

Espadin, San Martin & Mexicano. La Noria Secc 13, Ejutla

Batch XBP0617

This is an Ensamble from Macra Negra, let’s dive in.

ABV: 49.6% ABV

Nose: Green Bell Peppers, Slight Onion, guava, minerals,

Palate: Medium mouthfeel. Warm. Green Peppers, slight mesquite, creamy. Green Onion, slight spice.

Finish: Long, strong green pepper, green onion, spicy. Creamy. Mesquite, mineral.

El_Cura

El_Cura

27 reviews
8 months ago

Basilio Pacheco’s Espadin, San Martin and Mexicano. Buy it. This is a bargain. Smooth and sweet spirit.

stepusin

stepusin

19 reviews
1 year ago

smell is mild and slightly peppery, smokey and citrusy. taste is strong up front but smooths out a lot and has a very nice after taste (with the same flavors).

GreenspointTexas

GreenspointTexas

169 reviews
1 year ago

Liked it better than most others who have reviewed it on here. 5th day of mezcal advent calendar

Tyler

Tyler

367 reviews
2 years ago

Really nice ensamble from Don Beto Ortiz. It has his signature minerality and light touch with soft smoke. This one is an ensamble of agaves Bicuishe, Espadin, and Madrecuishe. I’ve had a bottle sitting half full for about a year. There are some nice notes of sour apple, peach, salt, and lavender. The finish doesn’t kick but there is a dry note that isn’t wonderful. I prefer the other ensamble from Don Beto which have the same three agaves with the addition of agave Mexicano. Batch MJ10-14, 349/900.

Really nice ensamble from Don Beto Ortiz. It has his signature minerality and light touch with soft smoke. This one is an ensamble of agaves Bicuishe, Espadin, and Madrecuishe. I’ve had a bottle sitting half full for about a year. There are some nice notes of sour apple, peach, salt, and lavender. The finish doesn’t kick but there is a dry note that isn’t wonderful. I prefer the other ensamble from Don Beto which have the same three agaves with the addition of agave Mexicano. B

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Jonny

Jonny

387 reviews
2 years ago

Batch XBP01-17 made by Basilio Pacheco with agave Espadin, Sanmartin, and Mexicano. Bottle 22/2160. Floral aromas with hints of sugar and sweet tarts. The flavor has a bit of nail polish in it, but it’s mostly creamsicle and orange cream. This is a really nice expression and the many agave seem well mixed in flavor as nothing overpowers anything else. Very well balanced and floral in nature.

PhilBrunski

PhilBrunski

19 reviews
2 years ago

Pickle brine, earth, fruity mint. Very smooth but also clears out your sinuses instantly. Typical Cuixe notes throughout the nose, palate and finish. Really unique, and while its not my favorite, I can appreciate the originality here.

marco

marco

12 reviews
3 years ago

(batch MJ10-14/ 434/900 bottles) 94 proof
fragrant, open, sweet floral aromas. no hint of smoke. slowly emerging stewed fruit bouquet. a not unpleasant hint of sauerkraut or preserved vegetables?
PALATE: initial hint of smoke opens on palate with less imprint in aroma. broad, minerally core. balanced. no heat. long, radish-like salinity.
after 12 hours open in glass the smoke seems a bit more integrated and pronounced. still firm, round and broad. ash at finish.

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