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Rancho de la Luna

Rancho de la Luna, dubbed “The Greatest Mezcal in the World”, is an offshoot product of the recording studio based in Joshua Tree, California.

Rating: (7 reviews)
Cost:$$
Brand:Rancho de la Luna
Mezcalero:Carlos Mendez Blas
Maguey:Espadin
Agave:Angustifolia
Grind:Tahona
Distillation:Copper
Style:Joven
State:Oaxaca
Town:Santiago Matatlan
ABV: 42%
Website: https://www.ranchomezcal.com/, opens in new window
About this mezcal

Rancho de la Luna mezcal is produced using 100% agave Angustifolia (maguey Espadin) in Santiago Matatlan, Oaxaca. The harvested plants are roasted in a conical stone over, milled by a tahona, naturally fermented in wooden vats, and double-distilled in copper pots. At one point in time the mezcal was produced by the brand Mezcal Los Javis but that relationship ended. As of 2020 it is being produced by mezcalero Carlos Mendes Blas of Cruz de Fuego and Cuentacuentos. This mezcal carries notes of fresh agave, clove, and roasted cashew.

Rancho de la Luna

Rancho de La Luna was founded by Fred Drake and David Catching in 1993 at Joshua Tree, California. The studio is legendary for the recordings that have been produced there. The surrounding desert views and Rancho hospitality have inspired the likes of: Kyuss, Queens Of The Stone Age, Fu Manchu, earthlings?, Masters Of Reality, Chris Goss, Victoria Williams, Fatso Jetson, Mojave Lords, Arctic Monkeys, Foo Fighters, Eagles Of Death Metal, Iggy Pop, Mark Lanegan, Daniel Lanois, Pins, Tinariwen, Kurt Vile, The Duke Spirit, and many more. The Rancho de La Luna recording studio and hospitality oasis is proud to present Rancho de La Luna Mezcal.

7 reviews

3.21 out of 5


aarild

aarild

69 reviews
Rated 3 out of 5 stars7 days ago

Pmy 002. Nice mezcal, no paint thinner on the nose of this batch, quite smoky. Marzipan, toffee and agave fruit, some ash on the finish. A bit like a Chichicapa I’d say. Lacking a bit in structure, and the alcohol is slightly harsh towards the finish. I suppose I’d merely use it as a mixer too if I owned a bottle, but it should work well. This bottle was gifted to a friend so no idea about the price level. Shrouded in rock and roll mythology also across the Atlantic, but I’ve never seen it for sale anywhere here in Europe.

Pmy 002. Nice mezcal, no paint thinner on the nose of this batch, quite smoky. Marzipan, toffee and agave fruit, some ash on the finish. A bit like a Chichicapa I’d say. Lacking a bit in structure, and the alcohol is slightly harsh towards the finish. I suppose I’d merely use it as a mixer too if I owned a bottle, but it should work well. This bottle was gifted to a friend so no idea about the price level. Shrouded in rock and roll mythology also across the Atlantic, but I’ve never seen it

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Tyler

Tyler

517 reviews
Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars4 months ago

Their website announces: “The Greatest MEZCAL In The World IS HERE!” ? It’s like the scene from the movie Elf when they drink the world’s best cup of coffee… nope! This mezcal is super smoke heavy with notes of burnt sugar and alcohol. I will be putting this with my mixers because these notes might work nicely in citrus-forward cocktails like margs or palomas. This is not a sipping mezcal. The brand has changed producers many times it seems.. who knows who made this batch? There is no transparency or production information. One of the holograms linked to the brand Mezcal Palomo.

I’m sure the musicians/founders and their recording studio in California are badass but they could have put more effort into their mezcal. Sorry guys. But hey, at least they don’t charge as much as Casamigos; they might even come from the same place?!

Real small batch stuff too! 😉 I tried bottle 3632 of 5000. 2020, batch 1. This batch was not enjoyable but some have said the 2nd batch of 2020 was much improved… I will update this review if I try it.

Their website announces: “The Greatest MEZCAL In The World IS HERE!” ? It’s like the scene from the movie Elf when they drink the world’s best cup of coffee… nope! This mezcal is super smoke heavy with notes of burnt sugar and alcohol. I will be putting this with my mixers because these notes might work nicely in citrus-forward cocktails like margs or palomas. This is not a sipping mezcal. The brand has changed producers many times it seems.. who knows who made th

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TravelDiningDrinks

TravelDiningDrinks

3 reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 stars8 months ago

I just had the immense pleasure of trying out the latest Rancho de la Luna joven, batch #2 bottle 4354 of 7200. It’s easily the most suitable mezcal for my taste. I’ve become more of a mezcal drinker in the last few years and i don’t care for the mezcal that taste heavily of smoke, with a hard hitting alcohol bite. Rancho de la Luna is extremely smooth, less smokey, but delicious with a nice tingling finish. It’s a good median price point as well. I’m a longtime fan of the music that has come from Rancho de la Luna Studio, which made me interested in trying their mezcal. I am definitely impressed. Highly recommended.

I just had the immense pleasure of trying out the latest Rancho de la Luna joven, batch #2 bottle 4354 of 7200. It’s easily the most suitable mezcal for my taste. I’ve become more of a mezcal drinker in the last few years and i don’t care for the mezcal that taste heavily of smoke, with a hard hitting alcohol bite. Rancho de la Luna is extremely smooth, less smokey, but delicious with a nice tingling finish. It’s a good median price point as well. I’m a longtime fan of the music that h

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Starday_Travel

Starday_Travel

2 reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 stars8 months ago

2020 Batch 2, bottle 4935 of 7200. This artisanal mezcal has great round notes of vegetal, spice, fennel, jasmine, and carries its smoke very judiciously. The flavor of roasted maguey, and the smooth finish make this mezcal a beautiful sipper.

vegasfandb

vegasfandb

1 review
Rated 5 out of 5 stars8 months ago

Had the newest production and thought it was a wonderful mezcal. Smooth, not harsh and bitter like way too many. Smell has hints of olives and spice, with taste of clove and cashew. The finish continues the spice with hints of pepper.

TheAgaveFairy

TheAgaveFairy

164 reviews
Rated 2 out of 5 stars10 months ago

Overly “smooth”, nearly lifeless, the texture is strange, floral. Inoffensive, incredibly boring, completely forgettable. So forgettable in fact that I remember exactly what it’s like months later. Yea. Figure that one out.

Jonny

Jonny

537 reviews
Rated 1 out of 5 stars10 months ago

Batch 1. Bottle 3632/5040. Notes of paint thinner and turpentine on the nose and palate. There are hints of diesel exhaust as well. Not my jam.

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