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Mezonte Jalisco

Mezonte Jalisco is a small batch Raicilla from the beautiful state of Jalisco, Mexico. There are different batches of this that have been exported.

Rating: (10 reviews)
Category:Raicilla
Brand:Mezonte
Raicillero:Lorenzo Virgen, Santos Juarez
Maguey:Alineno, Cimarrón
Agave:Angustifolia
Grind:Hand
Distillation:Copper
Style:Joven
State:Jalisco
Town:Chancuellar, Toliman
ABV: 47%
Website: http://mezonte.com/, opens in new window
About this raicilla

The first US imported batch of Mezonte Jalisco was distilled by Santos Juarez using maguey Alineno and Cimarrón in Toliman, Jalisco. While this was produced in Tequila-country, the production of this Raicilla is a far cry from what you’d see in modern Tequila. The agaves are cooked in an underground oven, milled by hand with axes, and distilled in a copper and wood still.

The second US imported batch of Mezonte Jalisco was made by Lorenzo Virgen in Chancuellar, Jalisco using over 10 different agave varietals. The agave were cooked in an underground pit oven, fermented with spring water, and distilled in copper with Pine and Parota Wood.

Mezonte

Mezonte is a noprofit organization that promotes, supports, and preserves the production and practices of traditional agave spirits. Mezonte’s main objective is to create awareness of the cultural and biological value that these spirits represent. They feature agave spirits from all over Mexico, with an emphasis on Jalisco and Michoacán. Their producers make mezcal, raicilla, barranca, tuxca, sikua, or any other name used for distilled agave in this region. When Mezonte buys a batch from a producer, they only buy 60% of the batch because they want the community and the culture of the community to continue to consume and enjoy as they have for hundreds of years.

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10 reviews

3.4 out of 5


AdrianM

AdrianM

11 reviews
Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars3 months ago

Lorenzo & Tomas Virgen / 6 Magueyes: Ixtero Amarillo, Alineno, Motosierra, Cimarron Enano, Cimarron Prieto y Cenizo. 47% abv. Region of Chancuellar, JAL.

Unbearable. Pretty much the same as the previous review. Pungent, nail polish smell on the nose. Acetone.

TzotollineRaramuri

TzotollineRaramuri

56 reviews
Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars3 months ago

45v – Batch 04 by both Virgen Senior and Junior; 11 maguey blend.
👀- clear
👃- pungent and prickling impact.
Aromas of acetone, ethyl acetate & acetic acid.
Trace production aroma.
Average length and unpleasant character.
👅- astringent effect; dried out, flat & flabby alcohol; light body.
Primarily sour, chemical taste.
Burning mouth feel up front.
Flavors of acetone.
Light concentration flavor intensity.
Unbalanced.
Unpleasant and short finish.
Poor overall impression.

*Faulted spirit; lacks organoleptic soundness. Faulted by ethyl acetate & acetic acid. Watered down nail polish remover.
There is no structure. No viscosity. No complexity. No character of raw material, or category.
Should not be bottled nor for sale.
Worst spirit ever evaluated.

Learn more about organoleptic evaluation at the International Wine & Spirits Guild’s seminar in Fine Spirits,
or more on Agave Spirits certifications through the Agave Spirits Institute.

45v – Batch 04 by both Virgen Senior and Junior; 11 maguey blend.
👀- clear
👃- pungent and prickling impact.
Aromas of acetone, ethyl acetate & acetic acid.
Trace production aroma.
Average length and unpleasant character.
👅- astringent effect; dried out, flat & flabby alcohol; light body.
Primarily sour, chemical taste.
Burning mouth feel up front.
Flavors of acetone.
Light concentration flavor intensity.
Unbalanced.
Unpleasant and short finish.
Poor overall impression.
*Fa

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Gregg T&T

Gregg T&T

91 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars7 months ago

Santos – Buttered popcorn. Round mouthfeel, spicy notes of black pepper with a medium finish. 3.5/5

Lorenzo – Sweet notes mixed with sour on the nose – wild berries and lactic cheese funk. Palate provides is a little tart and zesty, citric notes. Finish is sharp and long, very interesting. 4/5

Tyler

Tyler

463 reviews
Rated 3 out of 5 stars9 months ago

A unique spirit with flavors of tobacco, pink peppercorn, and dry leather. Used coffee grounds and a slight gorgonzola funk. It’s interesting but not exciting. This was my least favorite from the Mezonte line. Nothing really bothers me with this raicilla, except the price. Agaves Alineño y Cimarrón, distiller Santos Juárez. Batch 02 from 2018, 115 liters total.

Mansson

Mansson

71 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars11 months ago

Lot 01, distilled 2018 by Santos Juárez. Alineño/Cimarrón ensamble. A very enjoyable and well-balanced destilado. It’s creamy and sweet with notes of blueberries, elderflower and cinnamon. Also some tobacco and minerals. Although I believe it’s in reality a raicilla, I don’t find the funk and cheese often associated with that category of agave spirits. Instead, it’s clean and fruity.

Lady_Lauren

Lady_Lauren

3 reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 stars2 years ago

Blown away by the elderflower and cinnamon tasting notes. Tobacco in the best way, too.

I was expecting something totally different from a Raicilla but was pleasantly surprised.

Spirit_Chaser

Spirit_Chaser

20 reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 stars2 years ago

Batch 1, 2018 by Santos Juarez.

Definitely got the funk. Aromas of cheese (blue cheese mixed with cream cheese), strawberries, chalk, play-doh, barnyard aromas, very earthy yet herbal like a good rooibos tea, grilled brocollini, grapefruit pith, and smoldering earth notes, amongst other stuff I can’t quite put my finger on. Taste is very green upfront with loads of roasted agave and tropical notes like papaya and mango along with butter toffee which goes into a beautiful mineral note like wet cement which lasts through the long smoky finish with more roasted agave and blueberries peeking through. This is a wondrous raicilla and one of the best agave spirits I have ever had the pleasure of tasting. So much going on.

Batch 1, 2018 by Santos Juarez.
Definitely got the funk. Aromas of cheese (blue cheese mixed with cream cheese), strawberries, chalk, play-doh, barnyard aromas, very earthy yet herbal like a good rooibos tea, grilled brocollini, grapefruit pith, and smoldering earth notes, amongst other stuff I can’t quite put my finger on. Taste is very green upfront with loads of roasted agave and tropical notes like papaya and mango along with butter toffee which goes into a beautiful mineral note li

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TheAgaveFairy

TheAgaveFairy

137 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars2 years ago

46.5% Alineno y cimarron y ixtero amarillo. 2018, 20L by Santos Juarez

Nose: “Spicy mulch”, lots of earth tones and leather / tobacco kinda tones as well. Beef jerky seasoned with black pepper, pu-ehr teas, lapsang suochong teas, maybe some Angostura as well. Lots of deep notes. There’s a mild acidic note and hints of that “yeasty / cheese funk” thing. For brighter notes, dried lime peel, caramel, hawthorne, wild berries with the bramble notes too, some bitter oranges, clove, ground nutmeg.

Palate: A little more funky than the nose would tell you on entry, but with a really nice sweetness on the main palate with robust agave flavor. The palate development from the tip of the tongue to the finish is really quite a fun journey.

46.5% Alineno y cimarron y ixtero amarillo. 2018, 20L by Santos Juarez
Nose: “Spicy mulch”, lots of earth tones and leather / tobacco kinda tones as well. Beef jerky seasoned with black pepper, pu-ehr teas, lapsang suochong teas, maybe some Angostura as well. Lots of deep notes. There’s a mild acidic note and hints of that “yeasty / cheese funk” thing. For brighter notes, dried lime peel, caramel, hawthorne, wild berries with the bramble notes too, some bitter oranges, clove, ground nu

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Rakhal

Rakhal

284 reviews
Rated 3 out of 5 stars2 years ago

Batch 01, 2018. I was looking forward to trying this one but I was a little disappointed. Made with Agave Alineno and Agave Cimarrón which I believe are either subspecies or local names for Agave Angustifolia and Agave Salmiana Crassispina. It’s got some funk, like an aged blue cheese. Cinnamon, kaffir lime leaf, and brick dust. The finish was short and uninteresting. It’s fine, but nothing special.

GreenspointTexas

GreenspointTexas

243 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars2 years ago

Wonderful raicilla. Only problem is that it doesnt come cheap.

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