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Monte Alban Mezcal Con Gusano

Everyone has seen Monte Alban on a liquor store shelf, and its what many people think of when they hear the word Mezcal. And yes, it has the worm.

Rating: (3 reviews)
Brand:Monte Alban
Mezcalero:Destiladora Gonzalez
About this mezcal

Monte Alban has a long history of making Mezcal and their Reposado is the signature Mezcal made under the Monte Alban brand.

Monte Alban

Monte Alban is one of the most widespread Mezcals in the U.S. It is carried by many distributors and liquor stores, and (for better or worse) it is what many people associate with the word "Mezcal."  Monte Alban has been making Mezcal and selling it in the U.S. for a long time.  They are well established in the market, and many have had the experience of "tasting the Mezcal worm" with their signature Reposado.

3 reviews

0.8 of out 5 stars



1 review
1 year ago

This stuff is nasty! It’s a novelty item at best, in a tacky bottle with etched Mexican symbols, a screw ca, and a worm floating in colored, turpentine-flavored alcohol. It leaves a harsh aftertaste that lingers to the point of nausea. Don’t even taste it. Just walk away.



8 reviews
2 years ago

Afraid this might be the reason that mezcal has a bad reputation in England… Most commonly found in shops and bars that don’t have an agave focus. It’s novelty because of the added worm which started as a marketing gimmick in the 50s. Tastes watered down and tastes industrially made, with no love for the agave/traditions.



348 reviews
2 years ago

Smells like a rotten worm. Tastes like watery cola syrup, stale butterscotch, and the souls of mistreated agave plants. Avoid at all costs. There is no NOM on the label. This should not be considered a mezcal; it’s a crap novelty product.

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