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Aguerrido Cupreata – Don Tomás

JewelsLaforgue

JewelsLaforgue
3 reviews

Batch 01MADEU, bottle 4/30, 2018.
A gullet racer with the speed of light! Can’t say I found it ridiculously complex, but it has a pleasant aroma and high drinkability. Chocolate has bogarted the dancefloor and occasional streaks of radish or anise nudge the palate.

Campanilla Ensamble

JewelsLaforgue

JewelsLaforgue
3 reviews

Batch ENDEU, bottle 34/38.
Vivacious and bodacious, this one is not to be missed. A waft of green pepper and perhaps an additional hint of fermentation (could not put my finger on it) make for an exquisite smell, but the taste is where this truly shines. Orange rind (blame it on the Cuerno – had a bottle of that one and the orange rind went through the roof), cucumber, green pepper, cheese, jamon, mango, and a slight bitterness in the end. Sometimes it seems more than slight, but I am glad to note that it never gets overwhelming and you can chew on every single sip for a long time. Got so hooked on this Ensamble that I had to secure several bottles of the stuff, and if there are any left anywhere, my claw will find its way to them. Seems that the very particular production process and the addition of pulque work wonders.

Lot No: ESPCLA2105 May 2021, 29%, 077/264

Nose – A mellow sweetness. Butterscotch, baking spices, pencil shavings, some rubber, and a bit of nuttiness like vanilla extract.

Palate – A lot of savoriness to it; salinity with some bittersweetness. Seawater, charcoal, dark chocolate with sea salt sprinkled on top, salted mixed nuts, buttermilk, and some fresh mint and basil.

Finish – Briny and somewhat seafoody. Mussels and oysters, with an earthy minerality like wild mushrooms, and a salty herb, like oregano.

Good! Very savory with some smoke, and the smallest bit of initial sweetness. However the overly savoriness surprises me considering this is a capón. I’d expect there to be a more riper and sweeter body. Regardless, still fun to sip on!

Rambha Espadin – Tepeztate

GMAD

GMAD
84 reviews

Lot: RAMB202301, 49.3%, Bottle number 164
Destillation date: October 2022

Nose – Musty, rustic and moldy; earthy with a little bit of rot. Wet wood, bananas, cheese, a little funkiness like feet and dried fish, with an over-arching briny sweetness, like ginger.

Palate – A subdued but funky, earthy and vegetal sweetness. Canela, raw sugar, cilantro, mango, and orange marmalade, especially the little bitter pieces of rind.

Finish – The funky sweetness continues; lots of agave present. Dark chocolate-covered raisins, plums, bananas, almonds, and some wood, like when you chew on a toothpick too long.

Really good and interesting flavor! One can appreciate the craft that went into making such a tasty final product. However, after sampling many claypots thus far, I’ve come to the conclusion that the funk and earthiness isn’t my palate. I just wish the intensity and citrus-ness of the Tep would’ve shined a bit more in this.

Macurichos Ancestral Arroqueño

JDB

JDB
170 reviews

52.7% abv, Feb, 2021, Bottle 40/380

Picked up this bottle at Ramirez Liquor in LA. Hot, hot, hot. Wow, the alcohol burns my nose hairs and makes aromas hard to pick out. I had to switch from a glen cairn glass to a regular copita. Same strong heat on the palate, but the flavors do come through. Banana, clove, freshly banked cinnamon buns, Big Red gum, the heat hits in the front and works all the way to the back. Not harsh, but fully present and demanding of your attention. The clay is hard to pick out, but there are some earthy elements here. Worth checking out.

5 Sentidos Ensamble de 4 Plantas

JDB

JDB
170 reviews

70 liter batch, distilled Nov. 2021 Did not catch the abv, 48% madiecuixe, 40% espadin, 10% bicuixe, and two percent jabalí

I tasted a slightly different ensemble that has two percent of jabalí, A 1.5 ounce pour at La Popular in Claremont, CA. Grass, plumb, hickory and karwinskii forward then the espadin takes over. Nice sweetness and heat in the mid palate. Gumdrop on the backend. Great spice, clove, spearmint, and cinnamon. Really delicious and balanced.

Palomo Espadin

JDB

JDB
170 reviews

46% abv Lot: PE18

Saltwater taffy on the nose and the palate, palate also has some mild spice, mint and herbaceous qualities, grapefruit pith. Solid sipper and mixer. I am always a fan of the one liter bottle, great value.

Siete Misterios Doba-Yej

Threesunspots

Threesunspots
5 reviews

Lote: DBY14/21 Botella: 4141/6500 44% Alc/Vol. From Yautepec, Oaxaca.
Sweet and smoke in perfect combo. Mezcal made for a long friendship. Too good for coctails in my opinion. Just sip this net.

Historias y Memorias Espadin

GMAD

GMAD
84 reviews

Lote: DE 01/22, 46%

Nose: Punchy and lactic, a strong alcoholic aroma; glue, permanent marker, cherries, mint, pine, lemon, cleaning liquid, and some acetone to round out the intensity.

Palate: A deep, dark body; a little bittersweet. This is like a red wine all the way, with some ripe plums, grapes, mangoes, and the unwashed dirt from all the fruits. A bit of a subtle, meaty oiliness as well, kind of like a ham, bologna, or mortadella.

Finish: Woody with some bittersweetness; raw honey, dark chocolate, cough syrup, raisins, mango peel, and some orange rind.

Good; a very interesting Espadin! Reminds me so much of the Derrumbes Oaxaca expression: dark and woody. However I like my Espadins more on the bright and citrusy side, so this took some getting used to. Always fun to try a different take on these agaves to appreciate the styles of all the different Maestros.

Aguerrido Espadin – Don Antonio

razorbackmike

razorbackmike
160 reviews

i agree with the other reviewers.one of the best espadins i have ever sampled.very soft but not short on flavor.honey and chocolate pudding.gentle smoke and mild finish.goes down like water.dangerously good!

Aguerrido Cupreata – Don Refugio

Forpowder

Forpowder
95 reviews

May 5 2021 liters 351 46.9% aged in glass one year . wow Aromas out of the bottle are a strong one on this one almost gin-like flavors with a lot of berry and green fruits very little smoke very little out alcohol Aromas. Flavors swallowed a suit with the same types of brown and green gin-like flavors I think this is my favorite from this company so far. I will say the finish on this one’s powerful give it a fist up.

Hacienda Oponguio Cupreata

Forpowder

Forpowder
95 reviews

Lote CUO 1/22 47% No other information on bottle sampled on 6/9/2024. The Cupreata’s that I’ve been sampling of late are all over the place and this one’s no exception. The Aromas out of the bottle are Browner than most almost like cooked Brown tropical fruit and spoiled agave with just a bit of sourness no smoke or alcohol flavors are really present. Flavors mostly follow the suit with spiciness Brown tropical flavors roasted fruits some of stingent sourness on the end and a pretty quick finish. This one is lacking the fresh tropical fruits and concentrates more on the dark earthy flavors and spices

Banhez Espadin & Barril

Imperium

Imperium
105 reviews

A good cocktail mezcal. The barril flavor (coppery, green vegetal, nail polish remover) actually comes through pretty nicely on this one, and blends well with the smoky fruitiness of the espadin. I would suggest it’s sort of indicative of what blends can be if we ever need to “cut” other agave types with espadin due to sustainability.

El Jolgorio Mexicano

Forpowder

Forpowder
95 reviews

Edition 21 harvest 2019 bottle 470/665 48.1% sampled on 6/8/2024 batch RMPME300322EJ. Aromas out of the bottle or butterscotch praline sweet toasted cinnamon sugar and Light alcohol and smoke. Flavors follow with a certain sweet greenness nice finish with some acetone and light smoke this is excellent Mexicano one of my favorite Mexicanos but not my favorite El jolgorio.

Estancia Raicilla Pechuga

Doug R

Doug R
2 reviews

Liquid nag champa – hints of baking spices and a bit of leather with an almost petrol base note that hangs on the finish. Light fruit and nuts up front but they give way to the mineral finish.

Aguerrido Cupreata – Doña Erika

Forpowder

Forpowder
95 reviews

April 2022 46.9% sampled on 6/7/2024 100 liter 1 year 2 months in glass. Aromas out of the bottle or spicy jalapeno and light blue cheese little bit of smoke and a small amount of acetone. Flavors to follow with a lot of strong spicy alcohol in the finish this one’s a powerful burn hopefully it airs out some and becomes a little smoother. After the initial opening on the spot on it has aired out some it’s become smoother and softer but this one still is the most powerful and hard-hitting of the bunch. At the initial airing this one shows lots of smoke and leather it opens up with time and some of the heat goes away.

Siete Misterios Doba-Yej

JerseyGenius

JerseyGenius
2 reviews

Bottled in 2023. Lote: DBY49/23; Botella: 1421/7000.
Very good mixing Mezcal, especially after a long week. Great for a Mezcalita or Mezcal Mule, especially. Not too harsh or “rubbery” at all. Perfect for a first timer. Enjoy!

Fidencio Pechuga

Ben P

Ben P
117 reviews

Nose: slate, charred veggies, brined pineapple, not much really

Palate: oh yeah, the fruit is there, mango, pineapple, coconut, smoked cocoa, slightly industrial and ashy, buttered popcorn moving into the finish. Dry on the finish, grilled peppers

Solid, not sure the price point but probably a decent entry Pechuga. Very fruit forward and as a rum lover it sort of parallels some unaged rums for that reason.

Del Maguey San Luis Del Rio

Ben P

Ben P
117 reviews

Nose: lime, orange, lemongrass, subtle, a bit of smoke

Palate and Finish: Lime, Smokey Mesquite, Chile pineapple, charred citrus, a bit of minerality into the finish. Finish is kind of nice, citrus, white pepper, bell pepper

It’s fine. Exactly what I expected but not anything exciting.

Tepanal Mexicano

Doug R

Doug R
2 reviews

Batch MA2301, Bottle 94/168

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