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Del Maguey VIDA

TravisThee

TravisThee
1 review

Tasted like a latex glove and was absolutely disgusting. Poured the bottle down the drain. Don’t drink this.

Exiliado Tobasiche

Tyler

Tyler
532 reviews

My favorite of the Exiliado lineup. Notes of mint, cinnamon, honeydew, and dark agave syrup. More “Karwinskii-ish” than the Madrecuishe. Lot TSJ-20-01.

Exiliado Madrecuishe

Tyler

Tyler
532 reviews

A nice Madrecuishe which isn’t super dry or “woody” but has some nice damp forest notes. There’s like a lime cranberry fruit cocktail flavor here. Similar citrus notes to the Espadin. Lot MDC-20-01.

Dixeebe Cucharillo

Barney

Barney
1 review

Tahona bottling
7 of 25

Aroma: Banana, vanilla, tropical fruits.

Taste: Very balanced, clean, viscous. Some greenish notes on the front end, but also some kiwi, and plantain. Reminds me of tepe more than espadin.

The finish numbs in a good way. Gonna save for special occasions and bad days that end in y.

Exiliado Espadin

Tyler

Tyler
532 reviews

This has a nice minerality which I wasn’t expecting. Overall I’m not drawn towards mezcals from San Dionisio Ocotepec but this is nice. Notes of vanilla syrup, powdered sugar, and lime zest. Not sure complex but has a fresh vegetal flavor which is appealing. It is bright and would make a nice cocktail. Finish is a tad sour. Lot ESJ-20-01.

NETA Espadin – Candido García Cruz

TrogdordeFuegoanator

TrogdordeFuegoanator
35 reviews

This was given to me as a gift, excitedly. We sat down together and tried it and both were quite turned off. There was a complete lack of balance and the 3oz or so was tough to drink in a way that is like chewing in raw fiber. Then he told me the price…

Mal Bien Sierra Negra

COak

COak
161 reviews

Batch 0520ER from May 2020. Has a lot of bubblegum. Vegetal, minerals. Agree with Tyler about al dente flavor. Nice expression from Mihuatlan

Dixeebe Cucharillo

El-Dawg

El-Dawg
136 reviews

Lote: DPV02 by Pedro Vasquez.
Espadin like smell. Cream and some buttery notes in the nose. Taste is green, grassy, and oily. Perhaps a bit too hot at the end if anything. Very solid & complex & balanced though. I need more than this 1 oz….
Review #136

Strong, sweet and fruity nose. Taste is a very well balanced and overall a very good example of what “a pechuga is”. Soft, creamy finish. Very enjoyable, and I’ve loved sharing this one with with folks. A great “dessert” mezcal if you would.

La Luna Pechuga de Jabali

Americana Kyle

Americana Kyle
60 reviews

This is a fun bottle with alot going on. Definitely picking up on fruity, earthy, and rich gamey flavors. This is just my initial rank, I want to revisit in a month and update.

Del Maguey Santo Domingo Albarradas

Americana Kyle

Americana Kyle
60 reviews

Lot SDA-191 / 48%

This one doesnt really resonate with me much. It’s really smokey on the nose and has a Metalic quality I’m not so fond of. I like the viscosity and mouthfeel of it. I use this one for cocktails.

Derrumbes Durango

Americana Kyle

Americana Kyle
60 reviews

I like this! I like most offerings I’ve tried from Durango and Cenizo. It’s light smoke, medium funk, and quite a sweet fruitiness to it. This is not a complex offering, but that is a good thing sometimes. It’s an absolutely solid Cenizo offering at a decent price point.

Farolito Horno

Americana Kyle

Americana Kyle
60 reviews

El Agave has it nailed for the tasting notes. The finish is so clean, it maintains this refined quality that I like very much. I find Americana to be hit or miss for my palate but this one was crafted expertly. Great expression!

Vago Bien Picado

Americana Kyle

Americana Kyle
60 reviews

Lot A-05-EM-19 / 50.5% / 89% Espadin & 11% Mexicano

Shewww, I was really into this one. The overripe agave makes for an incrediblely complex and deeply flavorful mezcal when shepherded properly, and Aquilino did just that. Thankful I got to try a pour, I will be looking to hopefully get lucky and try it again.

Real Minero Largo, Espadin, Coyota, Becuela, Tobala

Americana Kyle

Americana Kyle
60 reviews

Batch ARM-01 / btl 74/242 / 54%

I LOVED this ensamble. It had so much complexity and so much Oomph behind it. Definitely some fun agave varieties were used in this ensamble, I would try again!

Mal Bien Sierra Negra

Tyler

Tyler
532 reviews

Super green. Gummy worms. White sugar and some raw zucchini. Flavors make me think of “al dente” agave like it wasn’t fully cooked so there are still fresh green flavors remaining. Short dry finish. As you warm up to it notes of fruit start to appear.. I need a larger dram! Batch 0520ER from May 2020. 3.75/5 stars.

Maguey Melate Papalometl Pechuga – Martinez

GreenspointTexas

GreenspointTexas
323 reviews

Its enjoyable

Madre Espadin – Cuishe

Jonathan Lockwood

Jonathan Lockwood
8 reviews

I live in Mexico, but bought a 200 ml bottle of it at Whole Foods while visiting my daughter in LA. I tried it during the same trip where I also bought a bottle of Bozal Espadin/Barril/Mexicano. I’ll say that I liked this a good amount better than the Bozal.

Only $17.99 for a small bottle? Not bad at all, and I definitely tasted the character of the Cuixe. It’s not amazing, but when outside of Mexico and with limited options? It’s not bad–especially for the price.

Bozal Ensamble

Jonathan Lockwood

Jonathan Lockwood
8 reviews

Although I live in Mexico, I’ve been seeing this Bozal posted by a number of mezcal aficionados in the US lately. While visiting my daughter in the US a couple of months ago, I found it at Trader Joe’s for only $36.99. Hmmm?

For those of us who are pretty experienced with mezcal, we can often tell whether a distillation is worthwhile. Not always, true. But if it includes—not only Espadín—but also some wild agaves, such as in this case Barril and Mexicano…AND if they let the grado go up pretty high, (in this case 47%,) normally its worth checking out.

Not so much with this one I’m sorry to say.

Is this special? No. Is it disgusting? Also no. Is it actually worthwhile? If I had a bottle of this at home, I would give it away–to someone who didn’t know any better. But if I found myself removed against my will from my beloved Mexico–and if it were the only mezcal for miles, I’d drink it. Salud.

Gusto Historico Arroqueno

Americana Kyle

Americana Kyle
60 reviews

Excellent expression of Arroqueno from VR, I would go as far as to say its my standard for the varietal. This specific bottle propelled me down the path of interesting and well-crafted Arroqueno’s. Definitely worth a try or buy!

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