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sweet nose and palate. thick body with lingering smokey aftertaste. extremely pleasant with no ‘bandaid’ taste present in other mezcals at this price range (xicaru, silencio). will drink again.
Lote 22 (50ml sample)
Great smell – sweet and juicy candy. Taste of cantaloupe, dustiness, and some earth. Slightly abrasive, but the sweet/tangy flavors make up for it. More of a 3.75, which seems like a great value!
Yep this is for sure cranberry muffins but I also get orange rind added to them. There is also a creamy lemon meringue on the nose as well. The palate follows suit which is nice with a rich cranberry orange pastry followed by a hit of margarita mix. The finish on this one has a subtle caramel sweetness with very earthy and clay overtones.
The green onion / scallion come through heavy on the nose. I am also getting un-ripened avocado and heavy potassium on the nose. The palate initially was a meaty vegetable. I also got a sweetness that was hard to discern between a strawberry cream cupcake and caramel. The finish is nice and oily with a return to the onion-y vegetal intro. It also has nice clay pot and hay notes on the end. Quite good. Loving the black label.
I agree with the other reviews that describe this as underwhelming. It’s not a bad mezcal, and has the expected basics. That said, it tastes diluted at 42% ABV, and for what it costs there is a litany of joven Espadins to go to first. Batch #OH-101. Bottle #4001.
This is an interesting spirit. The are layers of flavor that alternate from vegetal to floral to fruity. Very Raicilla-like – no Mezcal smoke, …. The Damiana infusion dominates. A higher ABV would help. It tastes slightly diluted at 42%. I’ll revisit this. LOT #01.
I think my third favorite of mixtape vol 5. Agree with the cranberry muffins nose. The taste is really similar to a Felipe Cortés tobala from Mezcaloteca. Really unique Espadín flavor. Big notes of fig newton cookies with a tang.
I was so pumped when a friend was able to get this for me. Pretty rare stuff.
Wow. When I opened this up the smell was absolutely insane! Like old fashioned pink bubblegum and wintergreen. Vanilla, light mesquite and tropical notes as well.
Flavour is explosive. It’s got a rich texture and is super concentrated. Aromas follow through on the tongue. Some fire and tingle on the finish. l am still trying to sort it all out. Right now I would say 4.5+ stars so I just said give it a 5 as I can see this evolving over time. If you see this, GRAB IT. One of the best I have ever had.
Batch : ds007-j
This was long overdue….
Nose : Juicy fruit up front, then cinnamon and pears. Vanilla and tropical fruits come in and out.
Taste : bubble gum, light smoke, fresh green peppers, fresh and summery.
Finish : dry, peaty and sweet.
I’ve heard many people raving about this bottle and now so will I..
Mezcal mules have been a recent favorite of mine and this mezcal does the trick. Adds that smokiness but not too strong. Very smooth even for shots!
This is tasty and tropical with big butterscotch notes. Also stewed pears, mango nectar, Sunny D, honeydew melon, vanilla bean and roses. There’s a flavor in the background that is very mineral and metallic like old rusty pipes.
Thought I’d left this review sooner but…
It was one of my first introductions into mezcal but it’s overly sweet, unbalanced. Made for cocktails at best.
I like certain del magueys as a unique sipper. Not this unfortunately…
Eleuterio Perez Ramos TELMC14 April 2014 205btl
Nose: This is singing the in the glass. Grilled watermelon galore, oranges, hibiscus, clover honey, it’s like smelling the colors of a sunset. This manages complexity whilst not losing the forest for the trees. More berries coming to the fore, in spades, pushing over the peanut brittle aspects that I got right at first pour. Aromatic, vibrant, fresh, with just enough earth and tea to make me eagerly await the palate!
Palate: Coming from the 51.2% sample I poured before this, it’s a touch subtle, but you don’t feel like you’re missing much. A complex array of fruit and orange dances on the midpalate before fading into light nut butter and breakfast tea along with cherry. There’s a minerality and florality and candied citrus aspect that reminded me of unaged Hampden rums, adding energy. The time in glass might be the reason for the wonderful subtlety and control and coherancy.
Thoughts: I can’t wait to try more from this producer! 5S bringing magic, per usual.
Vago JB Tobala for Texas
20 May 2021
Nose: Sweet agave, leaning green, not terribly far in profile from his nice espadin but this has a lot of polish and focus for the proof. Honey, papaya, culantro, mild peppers and a touch of yogurt. Gentle mint, something akin to graphite, lots of warm sweet soil, light bovine savory tones. Really good example of a neutral leaning tobala.
Palate: There’s that wonderful texture, viscous and round like most other Vagos interestingly. Anywho, caramel and other toasted sugar notes, light blanched and toasted almond, more honeyed papaya, light cayenne, fresher herbs (hierba santa), with a good length of finish that’s more earth driven with some cracked peppercorns too.
Thoughts: Viscous, caramelized tobala. Proof is so damned in control, really masterful distillation.
There’s just something lacking, for me and my palate. That’s subjective. But damn nice pour, I can’t wait for more from this producer. If you like Vago and this profile, consider getting your hands on one. I think for the right palate it would be a top notch classic, like Greenspoint highlighted so nicely.
Clean, sweet nose, identifiable as tepeztate but more honeyed and friendly and not quite the balls-to-the-wall pepper-bomb that can happen with this character of an agave. Floral, key lime pie [tangy yogurt], fresher Serrano peppers without heat, jalapeño seeds, soft hand soaps, ah dang this is actually really really lovely and competent. White tea, lightly dried citrus zest, and something woody / twiggy round off the profile.
Sweet, honey and sharp lime all over, a nice light finish leaning more on peppers and fresh wood tones, jalapeño seed. Tangy lactic notes dance around nicely.
I’m actually shocked at how wonderful this is. I wonder what higher proof would’ve done.
Nose: Like opening a box of new basketball shoes (rubber). Blueberry marshmallow (like in a cereal box).
Palate: Ripe banana all the way through, especially prominent to start. Very floral. A cool minerality to it. Heat really kicks in near the finish but not too crazy. Aftertaste is dry and a little bitter.
Nose: Picking up a little bit of cherry gummy bear. Spearmint gum. Slight whole milk creaminess. No smoke.
Palate: Call me crazy but… chicken Caesar salad – the meaty aspect of a seasoned pan fried chicken breast, veggie aspect of the romaine and parm cheese notes. Watery mouth feel (in terms of low viscosity – not flavor). Sugary sweetness of a breath mint. The smoke comes around in the finish but is a tad too salty.
This raicilla is very cool, I enjoyed it.
Really solid value bottle. Sippable but also goes well in cocktails.
Nose: Upon opening I got a mild, sweet, almost chocolatey aroma.
Taste: Started out very mild, then increased sweet almost chocolate flavor. Thick and almost creamy. Very little burn or acidity at any time while drinking. Super smooth.
This is one of my favorite liquors I have tasted. Truly a unique and enigmatic spirit.
Lot 1.Full of Agave flavor.Lemongrass adds zest.At 92% has just the right edge.Tasty stuff.