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Very hot, a tad sweet. Not a lot of smoke, a bit unbalanced. Essentially this tasted more like a vodka. I don’t know the lot, so I maybe need to give another bottle a go and give an update.
Bottled in 2021
Lote No. 2
Mezcal Amaras 4c (not sure what this indicates)
Initial nasal impact is warming.
Aroma of sweet vinegar hits first. Floral, mineral, some tropical fruit and honey follow.
Very soft mouthfeel.
Flavor is fresh cut jalapeno peppers marinated in rain water. Mineral, some cumin and licorice. A little cheese funkiness on the retro nasal. Nicely balanced with a hint of smoke. Would like to try it at 46% ABV. A very nice cupreata (especially for the price point – around $50).
ABV 53% Bottle: 416 Batch 2 (?)
Something special about this release from Maguey Melate. Appreciated the deep dive in club chat about this one, whether it is the process, the agave, or the pulque used to speed fermentation that adds that funky note as well as the wide-ranging conversation amongst the club members about the flavor profile. The nose has the cheesy, lactic scent but it also has some floral undertones and honey essence. The tastes on the palate keep changing with each sip: trying to nail down that cheesy note, definitely a sheep type cheese, maybe feta, but also reminds of cotija. There is some brine in here too, a bit of lime zest, artichoke, and sharp heat. Such a ride! 4.25/5 stars for me
ABV 50% Lot#CEN-C 13-05-2019
Really have enjoyed the few cenizos that I have tried. The more that I sample mezcals outside of Oaxaca, the more I impressed by their quality and range of flavors. Really glad to see more brands go the extra mile to bring some undiscovered mezcaleros and their mezcales to broader distribution. This cenizo is quite special. Pine and lemon peel on the nose with a faint whiff of paint thinner. The flavor is quite strong, with pine tar, gravel, sand, and earth, and a crazy minerality. It reminds me of the smell from an uprooted pine tree. There is a sharp heat that fades quickly. On the back end of the palate, there is that lemon peel and citrus note. The flavors linger on the tongue for a while. I could see how this flavor profile would not be for everyone, especially if the flavors you prefer are more fruit-forward and candy flavored. But this one just knocks my socks off. Reminds me of some raicillas that I have tried. Looking over the other reviews, not sure I get the mothballs, green pepper, jalapeño, or apple jollyranchers, but there may be something to the ginger ale note that Zach mentioned.
Lot number rubbed off. Purchased in June 2021, took almost a year to get through the bottle. The nose is melon, watermelon and cantaloupe, no smoke. A little heat on the back, with some slight smoke. I thought this might grow on me, and it has slightly but I’m still not a fan.
Easy to see why this is one of the most popular Chacolo release. Azul Telcruz is the oldest and has the highest sugar content of the agaves the Partida family works with. A crowd pleaser with lots of sugar with sour candy like Jolly Rancher as Jonny noted with a dry finish. I don’t have a ton of notes but wanted to leave a review before the bottle is empty. March 2022, lot 1, bottle 58/212, 159 liters, 50% ABV.
The dominant note is green bell pepper which makes this mezcal quite specific. It has many green, grassy and herbaceous notes with a touch of spice and hardly any smoke. Certainly not one of the most complex ones but definitly an interesting aroma profile.
NOSE: green bell pepper, mint, white pepper, a touch of smoke
PALATE: green bell pepper, green vegetables, a hint of wood
FINISH: medium, bell pepper
The mezcal for tequila lovers? Typical Tequila characters. A hint of pepper but no smoke. Unexpeted creamy and sweet on the palate. Actually a nice sip but for an artesanal mezcal mechanisation is a bit high – that’s why it got only 3 stars.
NOSE: cooked Tequilana agave, honey, some grass notes, a bit of spice and citrus aromas
PALATE: sweet spices, a touch of agave, cocoa
MOUTHFEEL: round, creamy
FINISH: medium, sweet spice notes
Clear and fresh agave character in the nose. Really nice and fruity expression of a madrecuishe on the palate. Great experience.
NOSE: typical agave aromas, herbal, green vegetable notes, some citrus, a bit of pepper
PALATE: fresh, fruity, a touch of sweetness, slightly smoky
MOUTHFEEL: bold and creamy
FINISH: long, agave with some sweet notes
Partita: YJ04-18 – Bottella 50/60 – 40% abv
A nice and smooth mezcal even if not the most typical expression of Tepeztate.
NOSE: salty, agave, a combination of spicy and mild woody notes, herbs
PALATE: agave, herbal, salty, a hint of smoke
MOUTHFEEL: smooth and round
FINISH: medium length, fruity with some minerality and a touch of agave
LOTE 2 – BOTELLA 43/1300 – FECHA 11/15
This tasteful ensamble of two agave varieties and the production in Michoacán make this mezcal a wonderful example to experience flavours from the raw material and the region it was grown in.
NOSE: agave, green vegetables, pepper, minerality, touch of smoke
PALATE: slightly smoky, typical agave notes, fruity, hint of sweetness
MOUTHFEEL: full bodied, smooth, velvety to oily
FINISH: long with agave and slighty smoky
LOT No. VID-188
It is a really pleasant product to introduce a smoky type of mezcal to newbies or for a nice cocktail creations. A good mezcal to start the journey.
NOSE: typical aromas, bonfire smokiness, fresh, citrus, typical agave, some green notes
PALATE: smoky, fruity, slightly spicy
MOUTHFEEL: silky with a mild citrus-like astringency
FINISH: medium length with fruity and smoky notes
I re washed my margaritas glass and mixer thinking the burnt rubber taste was my fault. It’s the tequila…this is awful omg
this pulquero was actually an arroqueno.the label indicates it is americana.very unique.this mezcaleros mezcals are all high quality but all have a very reserved nose.there is a very pleasant sweet chalk quality.the flavor is kind of a graham cracker honey.very little heat and a lovely finish.this one was hard to find but worth the effort.delicious!
Wet stones on the nose. Citrus and vanilla frosting on the palate. Smoke comes in on a medium short finish. Not bad for the price but not particularly memorable
1.5 oz pour, no batch number. I found this to be average, pleasant and drinkable. Some agave sweetness, smoke was in the middle, and a little heat on the back. Would drink again.
Hard to rate this lower than 4 stars given the price. Interesting and strong flavors—apricot, lime, mint and black pepper. Nice mouthfeel and decent finish. And half the price of most other pechugas.
This is the kind of mezcal that perks you up. Nose of butterscotch and citrus. On the palate it’s got melon, grape and anise. It’s syrupy with a semi spicy finish. Pretty unique.
Had at Tinies in Fort Worth, didn’t get Lot #. Definitely tasted higher proof, was a little hot. The smoke was rather light and a faint anise note came through on the finish. It was a pleasant sipper.
Lot LDMDGOEX-02. Spicy and delicious! Sandalwood, new sneakers, ginger, and black pepper.