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Siempre Oaxaca Mexicano

Zack Klamn

Zack Klamn
145 reviews

Nose – Chopped jalapenos sprinkled lightly with sugar.

Palate – Charred, candied jalapenos. The vegetal spicy pepper aspect fades but then there’s a big, black forest cake middle and finish – with just the right amount of smoke.

This was a 1 oz. Tahona Mercado virtual tasting sample but I wish I had more. This stuff is awesome!

Fidencio Clasico

Zack Klamn

Zack Klamn
145 reviews

Lot: C0220
Nose – Mesquite. Cottage cheese. Pan fried chicken breast. Vanilla – the nose is more savory than sweet.

Palate – A sweet, nutty almond note to start. Granulated sugar water dominating the middle. Felt pen. Hot finish of dandelion stems and smoky ethanol. Aftertaste is smoky, dry and bitter.

This peaks early and really stumbles at the finish.

Vago Mexicano

Zack Klamn

Zack Klamn
145 reviews

One of the best mezcals I’ve ever had. I don’t remember the notes – I was having lunch in Matalan with Alvin Starkman who generously shared a 2 oz. pour of his 2013 stash of this Aquilino magic. A rare masterpiece.

Casamigos Mezcal Joven

Hgonzalez315

Hgonzalez315
1 review

This is the worst mezcal I’ve ever tasted in my entire life it taste like a mix of diesel fuel and jet fuel. When I took my first sip all wanted to do was throw up. The worst. I purchased 2 bottles. What a waste of money and time.

Cuentacuentos Coyote Ancestral

GreenspointTexas

GreenspointTexas
264 reviews

Clay. Mulch. Anise. Tangerines. Puppy Chow. Am I imagining these notes or are they really there? This is quite the ride. Not sure what to think

Mezcalero No. 21

JDB

JDB
24 reviews

Sometimes, one agave stands out more in an ensemble, but not this one. Poached pear, strong floral notes, nice spiciness, a hint of licorice, and herbal touches as well. Very good overall.

Lalocura San Martinero – Tobasiche

JDB

JDB
24 reviews

Another great offering from Lalo….the clay is much more present on this batch. A bit of smoke salt on the front, a spicy mid palate, a piney flavor, a nice lingering finish. Again, the balance is pretty incredible on this and his other mezcales.

So well balanced. I love the herbaceous elements from the Tobasiche, a bit of eucalyptus on the nose. A light mezcal with slight sweetness, and faint smoke. I usually prefer a heaver flavor profile and mouthfeel, but I really like this blend and how it works together.

Lalocura Tobasiche-Espadin

JDB

JDB
24 reviews

So well balanced. I love the herbaceous elements from the Tobasiche, a bit of eucalyptus on the nose. A light mezcal with slight sweetness, and faint smoke. I usually prefer a heaver flavor profile and mouthfeel, but I really like this blend and how it works together.

Lalocura Cuishe-Espadin

JDB

JDB
24 reviews

Green apple on the front, back end has herbal notes, a bit of mint. I usually get more clay on Lalo’s distillations, but it is muted here on this release. Sips very clean and light.

Siempre Oaxaca Cirial

Zack Klamn

Zack Klamn
145 reviews

Nose – Next level earthiness – saturated rain forest soil. I’d say two handfuls but this is almost a slurry. Red licorice and black licorice.

Palate – Black licorice – oddly, like a creamy Sambuca. It’s good! Heat builds and builds and peaks in the finish. A complex, muddy aftertaste of tobacco, cloves and icing sugar.

Cuentacuentos Seemanniana

Zack Klamn

Zack Klamn
145 reviews

Nose – Apple slices. Vanilla extract. Not terribly smoky but a bit more vapory than most.

Palate -Apple pie with fresh farm cream. A quality, smoky-heavy finish with a long, lingering sweet cream aftertaste.

Siempre Oaxaca Espadin / Tobala

Zack Klamn

Zack Klamn
145 reviews

Nose – Spicy sweetness of a Hot Tamale candy. Baked apple cobbler. Rubber plant.

Palate – Interesting mouth feel – viscous and a somewhat slight chalky feel (although it is crystal clear and 100% sediment free). Again, with the Hot Tamale candy, I really enjoy that. Finish is quite warm with notes of oaky smoke, anise and dark chocolate.

Great mezcal – it definitely differentiates itself (in a good way).

Cuentacuentos Espadin Ancestral

GreenspointTexas

GreenspointTexas
264 reviews

Has more heft to it than most espadins. Old newspapers, coffee beans, a strange celery flavor to finish. Not what I was expecting

El Jolgorio Arroqueño

rsidrys

rsidrys
49 reviews

Had high expectations and was a little disappointed at first. Started out with a petro bite and overly peppery.

Greatly improved as it breathed though. Fruity notes like starburst and fruit punch started to shine. Clean and bright with enjoyable mineral/wet cement finish. A little green agave pungency that comes with a lot of tequilas. Was interesting to contrast to clay pot arroqueno from RM that was darker and earthier.

Edition 05, 2016, Pedro Vasquez

Real Minero Arroqueno

rsidrys

rsidrys
49 reviews

Bold bananas, caramel, and chocolate. Sweet, intense, and delicious. Could pass for a banana fosters liqueur. Tempted to buy a bottle, but it’s quite pricey.

ARMA-04, 2020

Real Minero Pechuga

rsidrys

rsidrys
49 reviews

Savory and brothy like a comfy bowl of chicken soup. Smokey meat forward. Didn’t get a lot of fruit but was detecting something starchy like rice or plantains in the background. Easy to enjoy.

RMP-02, 2015, Don Lorenzo

El Buho Mezcal

Cao

Cao
1 review

El buho espadin lot29 bottle no 28.

This is a really crisp citrus with the right amount of smoke, tobacco, Sweetness that is just perfect. This espadin calls to you for another pour.

Lalocura San Martinero

TheAgaveFairy

TheAgaveFairy
153 reviews

Nose: Baked sweet breads with nuts in it – nearly banana bread. Mixed berries, yeast, some gentle yogurt / sour cream. Parfait! More ashy grassy starchy karwinskii character now. Keeps evolving. Toasted peppercorns, cinnamon, walnuts.

Palate: Dark, earthy, menacing clay karwinskii with leather and tobacco on top of the baked starches and nuts and maybe hint of banana bread. Parfait appears closer to the finish before it fades furthest on vanilla, white chocolate, banana leaf, ash.

Thoughts: Much more dark than the other two, more classic. I wanna try this next to the Vago Barril en Barro! Just a touch peppery and ashy.

Lalocura Tobala-Tobasiche

TheAgaveFairy

TheAgaveFairy
153 reviews

Nose: Mmmmm… white chocolate dipped waffle cones! Wow, that was a nearly immediate association! Getting a little more herbaceous and chicory driven. Good yeast play in there, giving a “lightly toasted whole grain bread with a small amount of butter on it” vibe that we’ll find in the below two expressions to varying degrees as well. Some nice caramelization notes on the agave, some earthy spices, boiled potato and its skins, light roasted almond. Even more fruit now, papaya and orange slices and wild strawberries.

Palate: Sweet entry, great texture, lovely amounts of caramelized fruits, some grassy earthy notes akin to red beets, the finish has light umami character, clay, minerality, [potato] starches, a little char.

Thoughts: Great development, entry is top notch, texture is initally grand, then all the things that sometimes distract me with clay distilled products clobber over the finish.

Top-notch entry to the palate, loads of complexity.

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