Read the latest tasting notes posted on Mezcal Reviews.
The color feels somehow significant, but maybe that’s a trick of the mind.
Nose: aromatic, perfume, roses, honey
Mouth: medium heat, immediate sweetness, thin body, slightly herbal with notes of rose and mint and honeysuckle
After: mellow, clean, crisp nothing funky
This is neither at the top nor bottom of the list from the El Jolgorio range that I’ve tried, but ultimately I’ve been spoiled with incredible mezcals, and this is a very fine beverage.
Edition: 18 / Harvest: 2019 / Bottle no 122/600. 48% ABV.
March 2016 53.1% – plant matter, warmth like cardamom, nopales, evergreen. mineral, roasted corn, peppery finish. classic profile for AG
May 2016 52.1% – earthier than ^, winter squash sweetness, herbs, lime peel, heat, simpler. good texture and sweetness, chalky hot finish. solid, hot. least fave.
July 2018 50.5% – more San Luis Potosi salmiana side of things – fresher nightshades, a touch of honey. ancho, tomatillo, hoja santa, anisey nearly, cayenne. low heat, low amount of ‘chemical notes’. complex, intense, a touch of hit, finish is almost too paprika driven. interesting one, could be divisive. i liked it
A-09-TE-19 for The Austin Shaker 50.7% – store pick, uncertified batch; “big, wet, juicy”. [water]melons, fresher limes and honey, little touches of warm spices, rye grain, lime candies, a little mint, hoja santa. still full texture, juicy, honey and lime finish with more hoja santa on the finish. i really like this one – i have related biases. my favorite, though it doesn’t quite taste like the others
No batch number on the sample I received, but it sounds like Lot 0320CB based on the notes of others. Aromas of New England sugar shacks in the winter, a bit of straw/hay, and hard Parmesan cheeses. The body of this is more like a merlot than any agave spirit I’ve had. Flavors of dates, prunes, molasses, and dark chocolate as bass notes. Sweetart mids, and the treble has this higher layer of dried sage. This is phenomenal. Crazy that this is an Angustifolia.
Lot 0-01. Aromas of brown sugar, cooked agave, and baked sweet breads. A bit of cinnamon on the nose as well. The palate has notes of coffee cake, banana runts, grannysmith apples, and oak.
Honey Cough drops and Gasoline. The finish is strange on this one. As the liquid is going down the gullet, there is a “burnt tea” kinda note that really ruins the rest of the palate. Slight gasoline smell in there also that I dont care for. Will try again
There’s of course a sharp smell and taste that’s customary w/ puntas. Searching between the alcohol forward puntas smell though there is something crisp, sweet, and slightly floral lurking. Peppery, tropical fruity, and overall enjoyable. I can see how some people would be put off by the strong alcohol smell/taste, but I think with some “practice” you can learn to pick out the notes in-between, and once found, those notes seem to be more intensified vs a “normal” mezcal. With that said, not your every day sipper (at least for me) with the 60+ ABV, but very happy to have had this in the Melate box!
Bit on the lighter side for my preference, but I love that the Tep. notes shine through. Get some watermelon along with the more classic tepeztate notes. All around very enjoyable, and this particular bottle got better with some air time! 3.75 stars.
Wet cardboard and rotting asparagus on the nose with a bit of acetone. Super weird on the palate – sweet and tangy with hints of strawberry Runts. Flavors disappear relatively quickly. Very interesting, but not my personal fave.
This one is a rollercoaster ride between sweet and savory. On the nose, this starts out as barnyard, leather, and smoke, but quickly transitions to BBQ sauce and umami on the palate. The is a definite sweetness to it that borders on molasses or maple syrup. Really enjoyable!
Baked tropical fruit, Jasmine, pumpkin, sweet potato and dry oregano on the nose.
Oily mouth feel gives way to minty eucalyptus, melon rind and agave on the flavor. The 10% Barril adds a nice sweetness to this mezcal. An excellent beginner mezcal, a mixer or a “just want to sip and enjoy/drink and not think” mezcal. Should be on every mezcal drinkers shelf.
Insanely smooth. Nose is sweet and so is the flavor. Was on sale for 24 bucks where I bought it. If you’re a smoke lover you won’t care for it. It’s sweet, not very complex but smooth as silk. 42% alcohol.
3.75/5 I dunno, just tasted real “standard” or middle of the road for me. Was expecting more of an experience. Def got the bubble gum tho.
Nose – Very grassy. Shitake mushroom. Liquid hand soap.
Palate – Icing sugar sweetness. Vermouth. A slight jalapeño pepper spiciness. A floral soapiness to it. Not great value here for a sipping mezcal.
Nose – Banana. Medium smoke.
Palate – Vanilla extract. Very smoky finish – a tad rough/industrial. For a cocktail mezcal, it’s decent.
RGO-E2001US/2019/49.54%. Canada mints and peppermint leaves on the nose. Also a slight aroma of Pepto. The palate is not super complex. There’s some heat on this but it doesn’t overpower notes of chalky minerals, olive oil, fresh peppermint, and canola.
Aromas of red hot candies, bubblegum, watermelon, and vanilla beans. The palate is peppery with notes paprika, smoked jalapeño, and serranos. This is really enjoyable but not at all what I’d expect from a karwinskii from Miahuatlan. Definitely worth a pour.
Aromas of butterscotch, salinity, green olives, and mackintosh apples. The palate has notes of moth balls, caramel, black licorice, and black pepper. There’s some heat on the back end, and this is a bit thin, but it’s overall enjoyable.
Lot MIA-B1903US/2019/46.37%. Aromas of pepper, graphite, slate, sea salt, and eggplant. The palate has notes of raw honey, cantaloupe, and brown sugar. There’s a bit of heat. I typically expect quite a bit more complexity in a Bicuishe from Miahuatlan, but this is a bit thin and lacking.
Sweet aromas of red Starbursts, watermelon, grapefruit, cherries, clementine, and a bit of soft cheese. The lactose on the nose is very subtle as it’s mostly fruit forward aromas. The palate mostly matches the nose in terms of tasting notes: fruit forward with tropic fruits meeting slight lactic elements and a bit of grilled char flavoring. Really nice balance.
Aroma of spicy green pepper, linen paper, and kindling smoke. Taste is bold and assertive. Green jelly bean, peppermint leaf, green juice, and a clean, but fragrant smoke. Viscous in the mouth and some alcohol heat lingers for a long time. Powerful, yet restrained. This keeps getting better and better every time I try it.