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Maguey Melate Arroqueno – Rosario Ángeles Vasquéz

James Christian

James Christian
22 reviews

If I had reviewed this when I opened it, I would have given it a 4.5. Not so much now.

Bottle 221 – lot GRE-ENS-001
Just tasted this again a year later. 375ml bottle half way through.

WOW, much of that magical raw clay, BBQ and bright lime has disappeared, only to be replaced by a darkish lactic stewed funk. I truly think this was a special mezcal, but perhaps it needs to be consumed immediately. – Which is odd because I usually love Rosaria’s bottles.

Amaras Reposado

Zack Klamn

Zack Klamn
471 reviews

Lote: 2 (Summer 2020)
Nose – Sugar cubes. Vanilla. Slight ethanol. A touch grassy.

Palate – Overly sweet vanilla. Salted caramel. Some oak. Grassy and sugary finish. This is an alright reposado, the vanilla is a bit overpowering though to the point of tasting artificial. I got a smaller bottle and will gladly knock it back though. 😎

Pal’alma Puebla – Espadilla Capon

Zack Klamn

Zack Klamn
471 reviews

Lote: 9 (Bottle: 15/21)
Nose – Leathery. Light cream. Dry grass.

Palate – A predominant natural tasting rubber flavor (if that makes sense?), not necessarily unpleasant though. Milk chocolate. Grassy. The tiniest bit soapy. This is alright but for $130 a bottle there’s much better at this price point.

Vago Jabali / Espadin – Hijos de Aquilino Garcia

Jonathan Lockwood

Jonathan Lockwood
13 reviews

I’ve had this twice so far at our beloved mezcal bar here in San Miguel de Allende, “The Room.” Lest you think this Jabali has been somewhat weakened by the Espadín, I’ll share my opinion that it hasn’t. Just as beautifully elegant as Jabalí can be! I took pictures from every angle–front and back–but find no date of production or batch number. I can only say we’ve enjoyed it in the month of July, 2022 and that they made only 295 liters in this batch. It’s positively magnificent! With as few bottles as they produced, if you see it…GRAB IT!

Pal’alma Puebla – Espadilla Capon

mark

mark
4 reviews

Lot 8 bottle 22/22. This is one of the best spirits I have had, regardless of type. I am not good with naming all of the flavors, but I found it to be a perfect blend of roasted flavor with just enough sweetness and a tiny bit of spice on the finish. I found it to be more balanced than the Guerrero Cupreata Capon from Pal’Alma, but similarly delicious. I go back and forth between them and prefer this one slightly. I didn’t like the Salmiana from San Luis Potosi nearly as much as this one. EDIT: I still love this but after trying a number of others, I am rescaling to 4.5 stars for consistency with other things I have tried. I also now definitely get chocolate on this one. I also like the Salmaina much more and will post a review on that separately.

Dos Hombres Espadin

dontblake

dontblake
1 review

DH-27 Bottle #1669

Appearance
Color: water white
Viscosity: thin
Legs: film turns to faint legs and drops

Aroma
Fruity up front, notes of sweet caramelized agave. Light alcohol
Flavor
Agave: med light, roasty agave, light floral notes
Alcohol. Spicy, med light
Smoke: light phenol, smooth
Finish: light agave, spicy alcohol
Balance more to alcohol then agave

Mouthfeel
Body: thin
Alcohol: slight sting on the tongue and back of the palate

Overall
A good mescal, but lacking complexity. would be good in a cocktail
3/5

Casa Manglar Espadin y Tobala

Rakhal

Rakhal
373 reviews

Lot: CM-ET-0821
Caramel, vanilla, allspice, clove, oak, brown sugar, roasted almonds, bitter ashy finish. I have mixed feelings about this one because some sips are great but others have a bitter/smoky/ashy finish that I don’t like. The Tobala adds complexity to the Espadin but honestly I prefer the Espadin.

Casa Manglar Espadin

Rakhal

Rakhal
373 reviews

Lot: CM-E-0821
Big caramel and vanilla notes, powdered sugar, banana pudding, chocolate malt balls. Initially I got a slightly vegetal and metallic finish but it completely went away after 10 minutes of air. For $38 a bottle this is very good. Not a lot of complexity but plenty of flavor.

Lalocura Cuishe

Zack Klamn

Zack Klamn
471 reviews

Lot: Cuishe-2022-01
Nose – Creamy key lime pie. Banana. 7up soda.

Palate – Heat is dialed back even for 47% – has a lighter feel. But full of flavor. Plantain chips. Coconut meat. Ash. Turkey jerky. Tingly finish – big time clay and some white chocolate in the finish and aftertaste. A fanstastic destilado by Lalo!

This batch of Arooqueno from Hermogenes and Paula was made from 9 pinas of Arroqueno from a nearby community. This was their first 100% arroqueno batch due to its scarcity in the area. This was a batch for the EU market.This will be the first of quite a lot of Neta reviews from me, as Neta is arguably my favorite brand.

Nose: Cinammon, brown sugar, and plantain lead the way. There’s a bit of a funky acidic smell along with a kitchen cleaner like scent.

Palate: Lots of round brown sugar up front. Then acidity joins it. It’s some lime and orange. There’s an odd almost pita-bread like note in there too. I’m not totally in love with the profile, but the mouthfeel here is very good and the complexity is there.

Finish: Wood hits towards the finish. The finish feels slightly odd in its transition and it dries out the mouth. Moderately long length.

Overall: There’s good complexity and strength of character here, but the profile just doesn’t quite jive with me.

Lagrimas de Dolores Castilla

Zack Klamn

Zack Klamn
471 reviews

Lote: Ca-13 (Bottle: 168/360)
Nose – Mint marshmallow. Tiny bit of white pepper.

Palate – Charred pine wood. Peppermint candy. Leather. Wet stone. Nice saltiness and dry hay in the finish. A solid, tasty sipper.

Madre Espadin

KoalaCoelho

KoalaCoelho
7 reviews

Pretty inexpressive. A touch of smoke, a touch of fruit. Not a lot to like or dislike one way or the other. Overall, boring but not terrible.

Lot 12, bottle 8/76. My first review and mezcal so take that into consideration. Smells a bit funky, for lack of a better word. But the aromas are quite different from the flavor to me. In the middle/end of the palate I get a rush of sweetness, almost as if it turned into agave sweeter for just a second. Very cool, if you ask me. I really enjoy it. I don’t pick out flavors well, so I can’t add to others.

Los Nahuales Special Edition No. 4

JDB

JDB
67 reviews

Lot LNE-04 ABV 49%
Another fine mezcal aged in glass. On the nose is some of that mesquite smoke, toasted caramel, and a bit of melon. The palate has a strong pineapple flavor up front, but on the back end, you get this astringency and a tartness. In-between though a huge mix of these other flavors: minerality, floral notes, and some baking spices. Great complexity and richness. I picked up my bottle for under $90, so a good deal in my book. 4.25 stars/5

La Medida Tobasiche

JDB

JDB
67 reviews

ABV 50% Lot:TBS2201-22a

Picked this 200 ml bottle up at El Grifo in Condensa Mexico City March, 2022. Nose has a great sweetness, candy for days. Such great flavor on this one: candied tropical fruit, bread pudding, minerality, and floral tones. A very enjoyable peppery heat. The ABV holds its own and wish I had gotten a 750. Great juice!

Sunora Bacanora Blanco

Zack Klamn

Zack Klamn
471 reviews

Nose – Watermelon rind. Raw dough. Herbal & grassy.

Palate – Grilled artichoke. Charred asparagus. Oak chips. Wet stone. Turkey jerky meatiness. Some black pepper heat in the finish and aftertaste – just the right amount. Very tasty – quite the solid Bacanora!

Mal Bien Espadin – Morales

KoalaCoelho

KoalaCoelho
7 reviews

I’m sure there are better bottles for more money, but for the same price as Del Maguey, I thought this was way better. Not super smokey, and there’s some some sweeter and fruitier flavors. Much more interesting on its own, but also really good in a margarita.

Lalocura Espadín con Quiote (Capón)

BKbobby

BKbobby
6 reviews

Sweet and salty, like the best caramel dessert. The other espadins I’ve tried from Lalo were really good, but this was on another level. Super deep flavors accented with a little funk (in a good way). In the glass, it’s a 4, but I’m giving it an extra point for making me rethink the complexity of espadin agaves.

Chacolo Azul Telcruz

jmehrk35

jmehrk35
35 reviews

Vol 4
Lote: #2
2018
Bottle 239/343
259 ltrs
48.6%
Initial nasal impact is very drying with a slight prickle.
Aroma leads with BBQ rub and fruit, mostly berries.
Initially sweet, and extremely drying with generous alcohol heat. The flavor begins with a sweet berry hard candy, BBQ sauce, sage, tarragon and chocolate milk. All this lingers with a campfire medium to long finish. As I sip it, a wintergreen note develops on the backend. The 3 year capon has made this what it is. Seems most capon expressions have some common flavor components: berries, strawberry and chocolate milk (in some combination) in the flavor profile. This is (naturally) sweeter than I usually like but it works well. Another solid bottle from Chacolo

Lamata Lechuguilla Sonora – Yépiz

Zack Klamn

Zack Klamn
471 reviews

Nose – Candied ginger. Light cream. A small whiff of burnt grass. An herbal aroma I can’t put my finger on.

Palate – Half a grapefruit at breakfast sprinkled with white sugar. Fresh chopped pine wood chips. Bacon fat. A dry, grassy & woody finish. Fantastic stuff!

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