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Maximo Joven

Maximo Twenty-First Century Mezcal Joven begins with single-origin Maguey Espadin grown for up to 12 years in Santiago Matatlan, Oaxaca.

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Brand:Maximo Twenty-First Century Mezcal
NOM:NOM-O02X
Maguey:Espadin
Agave:Angustifolia
Grind:Tahona
Distillation:Copper
Style:Joven
State:Oaxaca
Town:Santiago Matatlan
ABV: 40%
Age of plant: 10-12 years
Website: http://www.maximomezcal.com/, opens in new window

About this mezcal

Maximo Twenty-First Century Mezcal Joven begins with single-origin Maguey Espadin (Agave angustifolia) grown for up to 12 years in Santiago Matatlan, Oaxaca. After the agaves are harvested, corn in grown in the same plot for the next two years so the soil can regenerate. The plants are cooked in a traditional river rock conical pit. However, the oven is unique because there is an additional heat source underneath the pit which allows the team to roast at a lower temperature; this gives the piñas an even caramelization without charring the raw plants. This special oven helps maximize (no pun intended) the yield of the harvested agaves and reduce waste. The Maximo team never distills and cooks on the same day because the smoke can infiltrate the active distillation and the open air fermentation vats. The cooked maguey is cut with machetes into smaller pieces and then crushed by a horse-drawn tahona. After about 8 days of open-air fermentation, the mash is doubled-distilled in copper.

Maximo Twenty-First Century Mezcal

The Maximo family estate has been making mezcal for 100 years. The team includes master mezcaleros who have honed their trade through time-tested tradition passed from father and mother to child. The company owns their own fields of agave - they harvest, distill, bottle, label, and box their bottles of mezcal which ship from their land. There are no middlemen.

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2.5 out of 5

TheAgaveFairy

TheAgaveFairy

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Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars5 months ago

MTF04-A
Sharp smoke, fresh lime in spades, mild cilantro and minerality. Lemon oil, cinnamon, Quince, some wood and grain notes that make me think about old scotches.

Likes some air, otherwise it can come across as too gritty and hot, though the very tail end of the finish still roars more than it should. Watery, orange peel and more citrus, minerals, cereal grains, ash and smoke and a bit of unpleasant paint remover.

I’d be curious to learn more about the brand. Hot, thin, but there’s some cool things happening.

MTF04-A
Sharp smoke, fresh lime in spades, mild cilantro and minerality. Lemon oil, cinnamon, Quince, some wood and grain notes that make me think about old scotches.
Likes some air, otherwise it can come across as too gritty and hot, though the very tail end of the finish still roars more than it should. Watery, orange peel and more citrus, minerals, cereal grains, ash and smoke and a bit of unpleasant paint remover.
I’d be curious to learn more about the brand. Hot, thin, but thereR

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