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Montelobos Ensamble

Montelobos Ensamble is approximately 53% agave Cupreata and 35% maguey Espadin along with the tails from Montelobos Tobala.

Rating: (2 reviews)
Brand:Montelobos Mezcal
NOM:NOM-O156X
Mezcalero:Aaron Alva Sanchez
Maguey:Espadin, Tobala
Agave:Angustifolia, Cupreata
Distillation:Copper
Style:Blend, Joven
State:Puebla
ABV: 45.3%
Release year: 2017
Website: http://www.montelobos.com/, opens in new window
About this mezcal

Montelobos Ensamble is approximately 53% agave Cupreata and 35% maguey Espadin (agave Angustifolia) along with the tails from Montelobos Tobala. This mezcal is produced in Puebla using cultivated agaves. Montelobos Mezcal founder, Iván Saldaña, met the Alva family in Puebla who has been growing agaves for over 15 years.

Montelobos Mezcal

Montelobos has business ties to William Grant & Sons, the makers of scotch whisky. Iván Saldaña, who has a background in molecular plant biology, founded Montelobos Mezcal. Saldaña worked with two mezcal-producing families in Oaxaca and Puebla. The mezcal is popular inside Mexico and is also exported. Montelobos Mezcal is committed to sustainability and has pledged to never use wild agaves in their mezcal production.

In October 2019, Montelobos was acquired by Campari (Davide Campari-Milano SpA). The acquisition also included Ancho Reyes chili liqueur, for a combined total of $35.7 million USD.

2 reviews

4.25 out of 5


aarild

aarild

31 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars3 months ago

No lot number I could recognise, just a bottle number.

It is the first time I taste papalote, which should constitute 53% of the mix for this ensamble. A bit varnish on the nose, leather and peppery dust, some dried fruit.
Medium mouthfeel, not oily but not crisp either. The palate is smooth without big transitions and the tobolá is recognisable immediately. Flavours of cooked quince, leather and spice, caramel, candied strawberry and, yes, pink pepper. Nice aftertaste with a lingering fruit and honey aroma.

A very good price for a good bottle indeed. Perhaps more “pleasant” than “interesting”, but I really see the point in good ensambles with a harmonic, persistent flavour profile. On the other hand, I am unsure what papalote would taste like in a single agave mezcal.

Hopefully, the nose will improve a bit over time, but it is very far from unpleasant if you are used to white pot still spririts. On the contrary, there is a lot to like there

No lot number I could recognise, just a bottle number.
It is the first time I taste papalote, which should constitute 53% of the mix for this ensamble. A bit varnish on the nose, leather and peppery dust, some dried fruit.
Medium mouthfeel, not oily but not crisp either. The palate is smooth without big transitions and the tobolá is recognisable immediately. Flavours of cooked quince, leather and spice, caramel, candied strawberry and, yes, pink pepper. Nice aftertaste with a lingering fruit a

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edgy4sure

edgy4sure

37 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars9 months ago

so f’ing good – yeah, I might be a sucker (lover) of ensembles, and I certainly am with this one. buy and enjoy and do it over and over again (like me). Sure, it’s a “big brand” mezcal but that doesn’t put my off, this one is done well though not over the top high ABV or heat

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