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Verde Momento

Mezcal Verde is an artisanal mezcal that uses a mix of different woods in the cooking process to obtain a smokier profile. The brand has many different labels for the same mezcal.

Rating: (11 reviews)
Cost:$
Brand:Verde Momento Mezcal
NOM:NOM-O239X
Mezcalero:Doroteo Garcia
Maguey:Espadin
Agave:Angustifolia
Grind:Tahona
Distillation:Copper
Style:Joven
State:Oaxaca
Town:Tlacolula
ABV: 43%
Age of plant: 8 years
Release year: 2017
Website: http://www.mezcalverde.com/, opens in new window

About this mezcal

Verde Momento is made with 8 year old agave Espadin by mezcalero Doroteo Garcia in Tlacolula, Oaxaca. The agaves are cooked in an underground oven using ocote, holm oak, and peppertree which give the mezcal a smokiness desirable for cocktails. After cooking for about 5 days, the agaves are tahona-crushed before being put into 1,500 liter fermentation vats. The natural fermentation can last from 7 to 30 days depending on the production season, the amount of rain, and variations in temperature. Finally, it is doubled distilled in a 500 liter copper still. This mezcal is has notes of grass, soft smoke, and fresh peach. Verde Momento is packaged in many different labels, however they are all the same mezcal.

Verde Momento Mezcal

Mezcal Verde Momento is a project from Mezcal Amaras that extends beyond the mezcal production. Mezcal Amaras pays 20% over market for raw materials, labor, and has a developed a reforestation policy that results in 10 new agaves being planted for every one that is harvested.

11 reviews

3.64 out of 5

CasaDeGuero

CasaDeGuero

21 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars6 months ago

Very pleasant wood heavy smoke smell. Extremely light and drinkable. A bit thin in mouth feel. Very traditional smoke flavor, with pretty light heat and tingle.

Great value, very middle of the road but cleanly executed.

Lote: 1/2021

WilderRush

WilderRush

2 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars8 months ago

Nose is a mix of fruit and gas. Lightly sweet and a little creamy on the palate with a good amount of smoke. The smoke lingers on finish with a light metallic tang. Fairly straightforward, nothing too complex here, but if you ‘re searching for smoke you wont be left disappointed. Approachable, affordable and beginner friendly. Great for cocktails.

High marks for value here- this is not the best mezcal but a solid offering at < $40. I keep a few bottles around to avoid dipping into the more expensive ones. Good enough to sip and affordable enough to mix.

Lote 2/2021
Reviewed 02/22/2022

Nose is a mix of fruit and gas. Lightly sweet and a little creamy on the palate with a good amount of smoke. The smoke lingers on finish with a light metallic tang. Fairly straightforward, nothing too complex here, but if you ‘re searching for smoke you wont be left disappointed. Approachable, affordable and beginner friendly. Great for cocktails.
High marks for value here- this is not the best mezcal but a solid offering at < $40. I keep a few bottles around to avoid dipping into the m

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thomaselliott

thomaselliott

14 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars1 year ago

Lote: 1/2020 – Espadin

As one of the few Mezcals that are available at the LCBO in Canada, I’m going to be reviewing this from the perspective of Canadian availability.

This is a solid expression of an Espadin based Mezcal and great entry point for Canadians wanting to explore this agave distillate. Getting some funky vegetal and smokey flavours on the nose. In my opinion best served at body temperature or somewhere between 26-35 Celsius.



When tasting, the first thing you will notice is the smokiness. Verde Momento uses Ocote (pine), Red Oak and Pepper tree in cooking the maguey. This is different from tequila which is usually steamed. These flavours during the roasting are then part of the flavours that develop during fermentation and pass into the 2 distillations that make up this Mezcal.



Aside from the smoke I’m getting a grassy vegetal funkiness. This vegetal decay which may sound offensive is in my opinion quite welcome. This adds a complexity that gives insight into the aging desert plant that makes up Mezcal. Unlike bourbon and scotch that are aged-in-barrel, mezcal is aged in the field. Espadin is grown for 5-8 years before it’s harvested. 



Verde Momento also claims that 10% of the profits are returned to the communities for sustainability of the flora that make up the local ecosystems.

At $38 USD, this is a great value and at $60 CAD It may sound expensive but the LCBO has irrational price controls and if a bottle of Jamesons is $38, this is (relatively) a steal at $60.

Lote: 1/2020 – Espadin
As one of the few Mezcals that are available at the LCBO in Canada, I’m going to be reviewing this from the perspective of Canadian availability.
This is a solid expression of an Espadin based Mezcal and great entry point for Canadians wanting to explore this agave distillate. Getting some funky vegetal and smokey flavours on the nose. In my opinion best served at body temperature or somewhere between 26-35 Celsius.


When tasting, the first thing you will no

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TheMezcalSpectrum

TheMezcalSpectrum

4 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars2 years ago

Just recently picked up – I like it the bottle art a lot and it has a nice up-front flavor but some smokiness/lasting taste was desired. A solid option but I would prefer some others. Decide for yourself! (good for mixers).

Zack Klamn

Zack Klamn

471 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars2 years ago

Lote: 1/2020
Nose: Red apple fruitiness. A tad of ethanol.

Palate: Slight, sweet cream to start and a nice, subtle viscosity. Very strong, lasting smoky aftertaste of leather, brine and cigar.

I like this as a sipper. I’ve seen this going in the $25-30 range – killer value!

HighWine

HighWine

63 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars2 years ago

Light nose but heaviest characteristic is oak and other wood smoke. Green apple and wintergreen are present, too.

Medium-full palate, nice an oily to coat the mouth and tongue with no burn.

Beautiful complex, smoky flavor with leather. I’m really enjoying this one and even more now that I found out the <US$40 price point.

Mexicoinmyglass

Mexicoinmyglass

7 reviews
Rated 3 out of 5 stars2 years ago

Tasted neat and on a cocktail, made by Amores (or Amaras here in the US) this is definitelty for mixing, targeting to the young consumers. The brand claims to be true to their sustainability process, growing 10 agaves per each harvested. Different artists featured on each bottle, the bars also keep their funky bottles for water or mixers.

Derekac7

Derekac7

19 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars2 years ago

Great for what it is – a solid mixing mezcal. Smoke cuts through, nice agave flavor, sweet finish. Good to have around if you ever make cocktails.

CampStars

CampStars

11 reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 stars3 years ago

What a great value for a high quality small batch authentic mezcal from Oaxaca. If you know about this one, you know it sells out quickly. They feature art by local artists and each label different! So fun to sip or make cocktails with. Don’t miss it!

TheAgaveFairy

TheAgaveFairy

168 reviews
Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars3 years ago

Seems to have quite a bit of heads in the cut which lends a dirty salt and pepper profile with decent sweetness and cocktail-friendly levels of smoke. For the price, this makes great palomas and negronis.

Tyler

Tyler

583 reviews
Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars3 years ago

There is a noticeable chemical finish here that is like burnt copper. The initial experience is quite nice – sweet cream and agave. I like some of the labels (like the one pictured above). It’s fine I suppose as a mixer given the low price, but there are better options out there.

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