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Mezonte Tepe

Mezonte Tepe is produced by Aciano Mendoza in a remote region of the Tepehuano Community at the intersection of Jalisco, Nayarit, and Durango.

Rating: (16 reviews)
Category:Raicilla
Brand:Mezonte
Raicillero:Aciano Mendoza
Maguey:Cenizo
Agave:Bovicornuta
Grind:Hand
Distillation:Clay Pot
Style:Joven
State:Jalisco
ABV: 48%
Website: http://mezonte.com/, opens in new window
About this raicilla

Despite it’s name, Mezonte Tepe is NOT made with maguey Tepextate. Instead this gets it’s name from the Tepehuano community where it’s produced, at the border of Jalisco, Nayarit, and Durango. This reclusive community insists on isolation from western culture ​and the specific location of this distiller is somewhat mysterious. This spirit is made with maguey Cenizo (agave Bovicornuta). The term Cenizo is used to describe a lot of different agaves, and in this case this agave is also commonly referred to as maguey Lechuguilla Verde. While we call this spirit a Raicilla for ease of use on this site, there are certain groups that consider this a completely different agave spirit outside of the world of Raicilla.

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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16 reviews

4.66 out of 5


Joseph

Joseph

26 reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 stars3 days ago

Lote 04:
Buttery, luscious, and ethereal with loads of complexity and layers of flavor. Hard to pinpoint the specific flavors, but that’s what I love about it.

I’ve had the Cenizo batches 01, 02, and 04. Though they are all different in subtle ways, they are all of a similar caliber.

I’ve tasted batch 04 Masparillo as well, and it had some similarities but with a totally bewildering addition of a stark soapy enigmatic quality that erupted suddenly and faded into oblivion. 4 stars for that one.

Lote 04:
Buttery, luscious, and ethereal with loads of complexity and layers of flavor. Hard to pinpoint the specific flavors, but that’s what I love about it.
I’ve had the Cenizo batches 01, 02, and 04. Though they are all different in subtle ways, they are all of a similar caliber.
I’ve tasted batch 04 Masparillo as well, and it had some similarities but with a totally bewildering addition of a stark soapy enigmatic quality that erupted suddenly and faded into oblivion. 4 stars for that

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Zack Klamn

Zack Klamn

218 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars3 days ago

Nose – Opening a box of fresh, Air Jordans. Blueberries.

Palate – So much going on with this, it’s an absolute whirlwind. Intense mint heat the whole way and quite dry. Insane clay notes too. Rubber plant, flower stem and wet, cigarette tobacco in the finish which doesn’t sound appealing but it works.

I only got a 2 oz pour in a bar in Michoacan and it probably deserves further inspection, – this is a complex, mind bending sipper.

SoloAgave

SoloAgave

67 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars2 months ago

2020 Fruity, rich, round, silky, and a little wild. The the cost of bottle out of the equation (unlikely I know) and you have a beautiful clay pot expression that is really impressive and would be a crowd pleaser for any agave spirits enthusiasts.

meserole

meserole

67 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars3 months ago

2018 Lote 1 / batch 1

Acidic, strong alcohol on the tongue, with peppery herbs like nasturtium, bitter lime, and a pretty exotic assemblage of flavors that combine into a sharp perfume-like profile. I can understand folks loving this, but not for me, and worth noting a bottle runs $150+ in USA which puts this in league with a lot of other bottles I’d reach for over this (from Neta, El Jolgorio, Real Minero, etc)

LittleArm

LittleArm

26 reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 stars6 months ago

Lot 4 from 2019. Smells like fruity cake batter and rain. Crazy smooth! Initial taste is mildly briney and cheesy (not funky, just cheesy) then turns really fruity, buttery and almost meaty. Savory and sweet.
I’m going to be looking for a bottle asap.

AdamCA

AdamCA

14 reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 stars8 months ago

Lote 01, 2018. This is every bit as good as everyone else says. Maybe the best alcohol I’ve ever had, right up there with those from Almamezcalera. It’s incredibly complex with a series of contrasting flavors hitting one after the other in a perfectly harmonious way. It packs huge flavor with almost no burn. Dangerously drinkable. The mouthfeel is creamy and it’s light and sweet and funky, fruity and cheesy, with some clay notes all at once. Worth the money.

donpedro

donpedro

37 reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 stars1 year ago

Lot 4, 2019, Cenizo, 300L, 5/5 stars

I completely agree with the reviewers of Lot 2 on this one – funky pear and cheese (cotija) with brown sugar and petrol. Some lime and cherry hiding there as well. Very smooth with minimal heat. There is that almost rubber/ammonia flavor similar to sharp Brie. Viscous and complex on the palate, with further brown sugar, berry, clay, and roasted agave. Delightfully acidic, it pairs well with a wide range of plates.
Very good stuff!

Lot 5, 2019, Masparillo, 250L, 4.5/5 stars

Pineapple, lime sherbet meets lemonade, cherry. This has far more tropical than berry fruit notes. Also, less cotija flavors than lot 4, and the rubber/ammonia element is still there but takes more of a backseat. Outstanding how consistent the base flavors are to the other lots, even with a change in agave. For me, lot 4 for was a bit funkier, but this is really outstanding as well!

Lot 4, 2019, Cenizo, 300L, 5/5 stars
I completely agree with the reviewers of Lot 2 on this one – funky pear and cheese (cotija) with brown sugar and petrol. Some lime and cherry hiding there as well. Very smooth with minimal heat. There is that almost rubber/ammonia flavor similar to sharp Brie. Viscous and complex on the palate, with further brown sugar, berry, clay, and roasted agave. Delightfully acidic, it pairs well with a wide range of plates.
Very good stuff!
Lot 5, 2019, Masparil

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Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars1 year ago

Lot 1, 110 liters, 2018. 48%. Aciano Mendoza. Agave Cenizo.

Wonderfully expressive and oily on the nose, as expected. Tons of layers of flavor first sip, quenching the thirst but leaving you wanting. So you have more. Equally impressive every sip onward. A terrific spirit which was obviously extremely well made.

Mansson

Mansson

71 reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 stars1 year ago

Lot 02, distilled 2018. Oh yes, just what one needs after another sad day of confinement – or any type of day, actually! Lots of flavours but balanced and soft at the same time. Warming without burn. Sandalwood, brown sugar, liquorice, milk chocolate, some cheese, all the time with a clear, underlying taste of agave. Very long aftertaste.

Tyler

Tyler

481 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars2 years ago

Delicious and approachable Raicilla. Warm cooked pears and brown sugar agave. Not the “funky” raicilla notes you might expect. Really enjoyable. Lot 2, 2018.

stigibeu

stigibeu

33 reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 stars2 years ago

Lot 2 from 2018. 80 liters produced.

Wow. Buttery, brown sugar nose with some tropic fruit notes in the deep background. Whole lot else going on I can’t place just yet. More fruited on the palate but also some green and earth in there. Lingering crisp mineralogy on the finish, as others have said. Very complex—I feel like I’ll be finding different things each time I have a pour. An exceptional spirit.

Lot 3: This is a Masparillo that manages to equal its Cenizo predecessor. More fruity-lemony, no trace of alcohol burn. The “crispiness” is still there too, which I wonder if is something that’s controlled more on the process-side instead of the agave. I’ve only seen this for sale at Mixing Glass. In fact, I don’t know that Mezonte has even highlighted it on IG. World class.

Lot 2 from 2018. 80 liters produced.
Wow. Buttery, brown sugar nose with some tropic fruit notes in the deep background. Whole lot else going on I can’t place just yet. More fruited on the palate but also some green and earth in there. Lingering crisp mineralogy on the finish, as others have said. Very complex—I feel like I’ll be finding different things each time I have a pour. An exceptional spirit.
Lot 3: This is a Masparillo that manages to equal its Cenizo predecessor. More fruity-l

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justsomedude

justsomedude

17 reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 stars2 years ago

Seriously one of the best things I’ve ever tasted in any category of food or spirit. Everything about this is too complex for words but I’ll do my best: Nose is overwhelmingly heady in entirely good ways. No burn nor spice, thick odor of fresh rain, berry soda, chocolate frosting and bbq agave. Palate is berries and cream, predominantly blueberry balanced perfectly with super fresh, grassy earth and hints of chocolate, always with agave in the background. Mouthfeel is luxurious velvet at first then finishes with a crisp tingly minerality that is almost effervescent. Hard not to give a perfect score, 97/100

Seriously one of the best things I’ve ever tasted in any category of food or spirit. Everything about this is too complex for words but I’ll do my best: Nose is overwhelmingly heady in entirely good ways. No burn nor spice, thick odor of fresh rain, berry soda, chocolate frosting and bbq agave. Palate is berries and cream, predominantly blueberry balanced perfectly with super fresh, grassy earth and hints of chocolate, always with agave in the background. Mouthfeel is luxurious velve

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Jordan

Jordan

9 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars2 years ago

Really amazing! lot 1 from 2018. Was excited to see this and got a pour at Please Don’t Tell in NYC. I paid the price for not asking the price ($50)… Not worth that for a pour but it really was fantastic, enveloping mouthfeel, strong but well integrated flavors and and a wonderful aftertaste that lasted till the next day

Rakhal

Rakhal

317 reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 stars2 years ago

Lot 01. As soon as I tasted this one I knew I needed to get a bottle of it! So unique and interesting! Fruity, herbal, and perfumy with peach, almost over-ripe pineapple, mint, fresh jalapeño, and sandalwood incense. Love this!

Jonny

Jonny

523 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars3 years ago

Lot 1 from 2018. 110 litres in the batch. Totally unique! Like nothing else out there. Aromas of clay, spring flowers, and wet hay. The palate is very savory with notes of ketchup, green olives, and Parmesan cheese. Slightly acidic with hints of lime as well. It’s got a little heat on the back end but it’s mostly soft and delicate. This is unlike any clay pot distilled mezcal and unlike any raicilla I’ve tasted. It’s really it’s own experience.

GreenspointTexas

GreenspointTexas

277 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars3 years ago

A little different but still bangin

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