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Bozal Cenizo

Forpowder

Forpowder
73 reviews

Lot 012019 48% sampled 2 21 2024 the aroma’s out of the bottle are chocolate spices and light acidic funk with some astinstsagy. Flavors followed closely to follow with lots of chocolate funky acidlike flavors. Very mouth numbing after a few sips, my whole mouth tingles

Palenqueros Tobaziche – Juan Hernandez

KyraNicole

KyraNicole
40 reviews

Fruit forward; raw agave and apple

Palenqueros Ensamble Cinco Magueyes

KyraNicole

KyraNicole
40 reviews

butterscotch on the nose; burny, newly paved road

Palenqueros Espadin – Sierra Negra

KyraNicole

KyraNicole
40 reviews

Raw agave; barely remember but liked it

Rey Campero Tobala

KyraNicole

KyraNicole
40 reviews

Lot D5004-To, produced March 2018; bottle 62/1348; lightly sweet/ fruit with pepper, easy to sip

Del Maguey Minero

bpCLT

bpCLT
87 reviews

ABV: 50%

Batch: SCM-212

Nose: earthy chocolate, dusty vanilla, slightly herbal

Palate: milk chocolate, raisins, chocolate mangoes, earthy and bbq moving into the finish. Some vanilla and charred tobacco, plenty of clay pot dustiness

This is a good and straight forward clay pot mezcal. It was the first clay distillation I ever tried and think it’s a great entry point.

Cuish Pichumetl – Enrique Esquivel

bpCLT

bpCLT
87 reviews

2022 edition

ABV: 50%

Nose: Green peppers, sage, eucalyptus, mint, honeysuckle, melon, pineapple juice, watermelon, very herbal with a fruit juice hiding beneath

Palate & Finish: Fruity at first, tart pineapple, unripe pears (unfortunately I had one today), honeydew melon, funky peaches, then more earthy stone, jalapenos, sweet chilies but not briney or pickled, basil and eucalyptus. The finish reminds me of basil peaches with some nice stone moving into minty fresh lime, white pepper, dry chalky element like licking stone.

This is a fun and interesting mezcal from Puebla, so far a state I have really enjoyed mezcal from. It’s herbal, mineral, and full of nice melons under the surface. I expected this to be more inline with the teps being a marmorata but it lacked some of the heavy citrus or green elements I tend to get there.

Lamata Cenizo Durango

bpCLT

bpCLT
87 reviews

ABV: 51.2%

Nose: tart strawberries, petrichor, pineapple, diluted grape juice,

Palate: Banana yogurt, more strawberries, lemon, a bit of fennel and mustard seed moving to the finish which gets a bit peppery, then I get the mint others mention, some slate accompanied by grapefruit

This is great and one of my favorite Cenizos I’ve tried.

Del Maguey San Pablo Ameyaltepec

bpCLT

bpCLT
87 reviews

Batch PUE-171 ABV: 47%
Pizzora/Papalote Batch

Nose: smarties candy, kiwi, mango, pineapple, floral, nail polish

Palate: so fruity. I get tons of cantaloupe melon, a bit of dried tart mango, charred pineapple moving toward the finish is more minerality, a bit of slate. Finish is a charred flowers but not overly flowery. Coffee, just great and long lasting

This stuff is awesome and the best of DMs Ive had. So much fruit, slightly floral and balanced minerality

Vago Ensamble en Barro

bpCLT

bpCLT
87 reviews

Batch S-07-CEAMB-22
43% Coyote, 28% Espadin, 22% Arroqueno, 5% Mexicano, 2% Bicuixe

Nose: herbal limeade, wet clay, lemon lime, herbs like lavender and sage, as it sits I get a bit of milky chocolate

Palate: fruit up front, burnt orange, chili covered mango, then it gets very earthy and clay driven, cocoa, top soil, dry rub seasoning. Finish is really nice. Slightly Smokey but plenty of earthy soy, with a hint of charred citrus along the way

I’ve had three bottles of these Ensambles and while this batch is probably my least favorite of the three it’s still very good. All three would be either 3.5 and 4 stars. Really nice clay influence on this one. Tio Rey ensambles are always great to keep on hand

Del Maguey VIDA Clásico

Average José

Average José
54 reviews

Lot: VID-221
ABV: 42%

This is standard well Espadin and it works nicely as a bulk mixer. Smokey with a small undertone of grilled pineapple but still not a sipper.

On par with or maybe even slightly better than the rest of the other current mass-market options but that’s as far as this dog walks.

Lot E-11-MAB-22

53% Mexicano, 36% Arroqueno, 11% Bicuixe

Nose: earthy, sweet figs, raisins, some pear, the Mexicano comes through strong, a bit of pineapple, wet soil

Palate and Finish: pineapple, orange juice, almost candy like, slight floral, pine, cherry, dust, cherry fires up more as we move to the finish. Finish is chocolate, more cherry, a bit of pepper

Solid ensamble that’s always at a great price.

Cinco Sentidos Ancho

bpCLT

bpCLT
87 reviews

Nose: Minty melon, inside of a cantaloupe, papaya, a bit of layered citrus and sweet potato, lemongrass

Palate and Finish: melon, mint, papaya, butternut squash, so soft on the mouthfeel, moving toward the finish I get a bit of milk duds, slight minerality and a leathery cumin. Finish is light pepper, some cinnamon, and a nice dry but long finish.

I’m partial to this bottle since it was the first Cupreata I ever had or bought and I loved it right away. It’s still solid and stands tall although slightly behind some of my other favorites (looking at you Benigno)

Lalocura Tobasiche

bpCLT

bpCLT
87 reviews

This review is for a batch labeled Cultivado en Cerro. ABV is 47%

Nose: fresh grass, mint, green apple, distinct rosemary and sage, petrichor

Palate and Finish: minty green apple, soft lemon juice, wood, green melon rind. Back end is fresh minerality, tons of herbs, ground stone, sage, rosemary, little citrus and pine

Good Lalo as always. This leans more into the herbs than I prefer but still solid. Interestingly less clay influence than I usually see from Lalo

Cinco Sentidos Ancho

Imperium

Imperium
92 reviews

Nose: Burnt brown sugar, molasses, otarashi-dango tare (grilled mochi balls on sticks with brown sugar sauce that you have at festivals in Japan). Smells delicious!

Palate: Okay, this is not at all what I was expecting but it tastes exactly like mold. I don’t know if this is a bad bottle (it was the last pour) but it doesn’t taste at all like it smells and I can’t say I enjoyed this at all. Try as I might, I can’t really get around the this one overpowering flavor and taste anything else but distilled mold.

Okay, update: I tasted a bit straight out of the bottle, and it didn’t have the moldy taste. It tasted like a classic cupreata – autumn notes, pumpkin seeds, earthy tones. I don’t know, maybe it was the veladora?

Maguey Melate Tequilana – Emanuel Ramos

free2roca

free2roca
4 reviews

Nose is fairly light roasted agave, earthiness, and a little funk. Tastes of bright citrus and minerality with some roasted agave. The mouth feel on this one is quite drying. Moderate finish the carriers consistent notes.

March 2023. Don’t hate it. Glad to have tried it. Simple. Not complex. Can’t place the dominate flavor. Nothing wrong with it at all, but let’s not throw too many roses. We got sweet. Is that nut? A meatiness? The plant’s armpit is coming thru, and that’s what I want. I like this a lot and am gonna bump up from a 2.5 star to a 3.5.

July 2022

I would be very happy if it were me who made this expression, and I could say that about most expressions, but this is solid. Other reviewers nailed the nose and palette, I suppose. Agave. Sweet. Little smoke. Viscous. Lemon. Love it.

Del Maguey Minero

Ranger_Ryan

Ranger_Ryan
44 reviews

Lot SCM-193
Decent overall, but I prefer Chichicapa. This has less fruit notes and more of a lactic edge, probably from clay pot? I liked it more as I got through the bottle, but I wouldn’t explore this one again.

El Silencio Espadin

GMAD

GMAD
59 reviews

LOTE 0222A, 43%, 50ml

Nose – Sweet and synthetic; rubbing alcohol, windex, hobby glue, some fresh cut grass, and morning dew.

Palate – Very sweet, fruity, and a bit smoky. Emphasis on the sweet. Barbecue sauce, sugar cane, honey, and a ripe sweetness, like grape.

Finish – A deep, tangy sweetness; brown sugar, cough syrup.

This has a fairly pleasant taste. It would probably work great as a mixer. However it tastes so sweet you’d suspect there was something artificial in it. I wouldn’t consider this as a sipper for that reason. But I can see this being great as an entry level Espadin for those newbies with sweeter palates.

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