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I’m totally new to Mezcals, this is my first review so please bear with me… it’s a steep learning curve. I became curious about mezcal after reading the novel “Under The Volcano” by Malcolm Lowry. If you have not yet read it, you should it’s a classic. At first I tried a couple mezcal margaritas, enjoyed them and decided I should investigate further.
I went to my local shop and picked up a bottle of Del Maguey Vida.
NOSE: Apple, Smoke, Alcohol, A Smoke seems to come and go, a more floral smell with the second sip.
PALATE: Lemon, Alcohol in the nose, Light Smoke
MOUTHFEEL: Light burn on back of the tongue
FINISH: Long after taste, Agave, smoke comes back, then a Metallic, end not the best.
All in all it’s not that bad, two and a half stars works. I would not say its complex, seems to get a bit better tasting after it sits in the glass for a while (Is that a thing?) It would be better if the notes of alcohol were not present.
I’ve made a video of this tasting at my youtube channel please join me there I would love to get some feedback and recommendations for a mezcal that will knock my socks off.
Cheers, your pal Ronco
Middle of the road. Seems like another standard/mediocre release from MM. Not many misses lately, but also very few standouts
943/1080 Lote No. L1/19
Rich in agave and tons of black pepper. Abv is pleasant without any sort of burn. The sample received has been open for quite some time and none of the flavors are missing. If I had a bottle of this at home, I would definitely drink it, but it’s not a “go to” bottle for me. Nose and palate were straight forward and I’m finishing this sample without having to think about what I’m tasting.
Batch 0521TG – Tomas + Emiliano Gutierrez non Capon (Black Tape)
When my nose works, I get chalky dark chocolate and hardwood.
Palate: dominant 70% dark cocoa while sanding hardwood. Some ash turning to a creamy mouthfeel. Current favorite for Dec2022. Besides the normal agave and black pepper notes mentioned above. Fresh crack all notes were muted. This bottle only took 3 days to open up and continues to taste delicious.
Like the other expression from this brand, this tastes completely different than any Mezcal I’ve had out of San Luis Potosi. Both of the expressions from this brand make me think of some thing that would come from the brand Lamata. Totally unique stuff! This is dusty and earthy and leathery. With flavors of dust storm, leather saddle, wet decomposing leaves on a forest floor, black licorice. Unfortunately I only had a 1 ounce sample and I was still tasting new stuff when it ran out. Might just have to pick up a bottle of this one. One thing I know for sure, I need to get out to San Luis Potosi.
Tastes totally different than most Salmiana Agaves that I’ve had before. Tons of baking spices. Especially allspice. Also clove, nutmeg, macadamia nut, and sandalwood. This is great. I’m so glad to know that there’s more variation in San Luis Potosi than I thought.
Isidro Rodriguez Batch 0521/RM
Drinking this at the start of fall all of these notes hit so well with the season. Fresh Crispin apples while hiking through the woods. All of the standard notes in the best mezcal are present, but if you wanted a one liner to make the decision for you, there you go. I keep a bottle at home always.
Lote 114, 48.51%, evidently distilled with a bunch of fruit.
Quite unique, vanilla, pine, reminds me of New Mexico. Nose is complex. I give this 4.5 because the flavor is so unique, with the pine tempered by the sweet vanilla. This one will work great in a flight with a couple other Lunas.
Lot 50, 48.51%
This is good, balanced smoke and pine. Mellows evenly with nice heat that is complemented by the pine overtones. I’m sipping this one next to the espadincillo, which I favor. But this is quite nice and I might have gone to 4.5 if I had tasted it alone.
This mezcal is produced in rather limited quantities by a ’boutique’ cooperative in Oaxaca state.
For a reposado it is actually quite nice. Made from 100% Espadin, it has lightly smokey taste with hints of caramel and roasted agave. A smooth and fairly mild sipper…
Aroma of salt water taffy and roasted jalapeño skin. Spearmint and parsley present themselves in the nose along with red hot firewood. Sweet in the mouth in a pleasing way. Big and boozy is what stands out. Numbs the lips. Taste is clay, fresh parsley, and agricole. Medium-full bodied in the mouth skewing toward full. Hot but good.
Trying this one from the 100ml Melate bottle, which seems to be a different batch than the earlier reviews here (RAI-JUL-001).
The raicilla funkiness shines through here, and while not as good as the companion deer pechuga, this one isn’t bad at all. Lots of ‘mintyness’, sweetness, and right amount of funk. Also, some great heat at 50%.
Get some sweeter dates on the nose like Zack mentioned. Taste is more savory than sweet, but overall very delicious. I don’t get really any of the deer or guava that make this a pechuga, but there is a lot of complexities to enjoy. Also not as ‘funky’ as other raicilllas I’ve had, which makes this more approachable. I know this one was very polarizing, but I think it’s a really solid pechuga. I prefer this to the pure Maximilliana as well from this producer.
Prickle on initial nasal impact.
First aroma impression is sweet. The aroma opens with campfire popped corn with melted butter warming next to it. Citrus cuts in, like freshly squeezed ruby red grapefruit. Just sliced jalapeno peppers (with ribs and seeds) on steroids compliment and balance the sweet corn and tart grapefruit citrus. Earthy, cinnamon, herbal, honeysuckle aromas develop as this mezcal opens up. Is there a touch of mint in the outfield here?
Buttery with generous heat on initial mouthfeel. The viscosity is evident on the glass.
Flavor matches the aroma but even more pronounced. Sweetness from the corn, brightness from the freshly cut grapefruit, butter and jalapeno dominate and entertain. The retro nasal here is insane …….. the outside of a fire pit toasted marshmallow provides the “smoke”.
You fight the finish – do I take another sip or do I let the finish evolve? (Let it evolve, it is forever building). This continues to develop long after your initial sip. Solid 4 stars. 5 stars for the bargain price (under 50). The sons have made their Dad proud. A must have
Edition 6 – Harvest 2021 – 52% – Bottle 39/210
Green pepper, fresh, crispy and very smoth despite its 52 %. Awesome!
The arroqueño is good and helps to subdue the cuixe sweetness. The aroma has a slight petrol thing happening. Overall ok to good.
Too much vanilla for me. Makes it taste sweeter than it is. A one and done
Lote 48, 357/1750, 44.6%
Not my favorite at first. Chile dominant but fades evenly. I like the chile touch normally so that’s not a knock. I just can’t place its oddness; I may have to find a way to fit it into a flight to get past it. Luckily, at $44.99 it did not break the bank. I will come back to it. Would probably give it a 2.5 except that it’s weird so I give it a 3 for effort.
Nose: full nose with notes of minerals, agave, and citrus
Flavor: punch of agave flavor with notes of citrus and earthy minerals. You can tell this is clay pot and it taste great. Medium finish that is enjoyable.
My favorite from their line up so far.