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An industrial spirit which bares little resemblance to mezcal. Terrible taste and smell. Do not buy this.
The taste of smoke takes the tongue by assault from the very start. It stings in a very nice way. However the flavor is not strong, it is easy on the palate.
Smells of smoked wood, spicy almost immediately. Strong, with an unmistakable woody flavor. The wood gives it a great touch.
An indisputable smoky, earthy and a slightly citric aroma. Spicy almost from the start, it leaves a slight itching on the tongue. Very good taste.
Slight sweet smell, flowery. Barely smoky. Not a mezcal I’ll remember.
Smoky and bit bitter. Smooth flavor, but overall it’s very watery. You find it everywhere in Mexico, but it’s definitively not a good mezcal.
Lot # YJ01-21
This was decent, definitely liked the higher proof. Smoke was a little more subtle, sweet agave flavor along with some banana.
This is 45% ABV. Lot A9.
Nose: Black tea leaves and lemon. A bit of creamed corn. There’s an herbal note. Maybe oregano? There’s some slightly funky cheese note that reminds me of cotija.
Palate: This has a sweet entry. It really reminds me of southern sweet tea. A bit of that creamed corn from the nose returns. The mouthfeel is sadly a bit thin.
Finish: The herbal oregano like note lends a drying finish that balances out the sweet tea that appeared earlier. The length is on the shorter side of moderate, though it does remain for more than a moment. The transition between the palate and the finish is nice.
Overall: A nice spring/summer sipper. It reminds me of drinking sweet tea on a porch or patio in the hot Louisiana summer. It’s good but unfortunately it lacks both the complexity or strength to get into very good territory.
This Cenizo comes from Enrique and Federico Cruz at 52.5% abv. So far the Familia Cruz bottlings have been favorites of mine from the Lamata lineup, along with Sosimo
Jarquin’s various expressions. This is one of the more affordable bottlings in the Lamata lineup. Lot CEN-C 12/1/2020
Nose: Watermelon jolly ranchers! There’s a hint of balsalmic vinegar. There’s also some tart strawberries.
Palate: The attack is a strong helping of watermelon, candy, and balsalmic. It feels less candied than the noses suggests. It’s tart like jolly rancher candy, with some nice acidity. There’s a thick mouthfeel on this. With water added some bubblegum joins in to mellow out some of the acidic watermelon nose.
Finish: Unfortunately, the finish is a tad hot. The 52.5% makes itself none. There’s also a bit of an acrid plastic note. It’s joined however by this nice basil and balsalmic note that reminds me of caprese salad. The finish is drier than the palate and feels slightly disjoint.
Overall: This is a fun and powerful expression and the palate is right up my alley, sans some of the heat. Some flaws on the finish hold this back from excellence, but I still really enjoy this pour overall. Water helps tame some of the harsh notes, although I rarely feel inclined to proof down mezcal.
Had this one recently while visiting Mexico at a chain hotel bar. Not offensive but widely boring. Similar to most alcohol promoted by actor.
Nose – Heavy, heavy black licorice. Almost a sambuca bomb. Orange liqueur as well. Subtle note of Wheat Thins. Not detecting any meat.
Palate – Black licorice flavor is much more toned down but still prevalent. Orange bitters. With pechugas in general I usually have a “meat blind spot” – this is no exception. I really wish I could pick it out more. But what is there is quite tasty.
After tasting this, I read the previous review on the Earl Gray tea note. Spot on! It’s like this Rakhal fella really knows what he’s talking about. 😉
This was a 1.5 oz. sample by mezcal rocknrolla, Rakhal – same bottle (Lot 1).
Lots EG003. Bottle 530/665. Bought this because I was so impressed with Everardo’s (RIP) madrecuixe. It smells like an green apple orchard. It’s a very pleasant, apple, and vanilla on the palate. Solid tobala.
Nose – Brown sugar crystals. Pleasant, nail polish aroma.
Palate – Man…. first sip is a delicious balance of grass, brown sugar and perfect heat, what an entry! From there, dried fruit (dates perhaps), slightly herbal and the smoke element is like singed grass (GoT reference: “kissed by fire”, ha!). Fantastic to sip!
This was a 1.5 oz. sample from mezcal reviewing legend and all-around good dude, Rakhal – same bottle (Lot 1).
Nose – Orange citrus, vanilla. Nice aromas you’d expect from an espadin although the smoke was a bit too exhaust-like for me.
Palate – Hot and rough to start and then it smartened up a bit. Mandarin orange flavor, vanilla extract but the rough smoke flavor needed a solid 10-15 minutes to dissipate. This finished decent but too much of a journey to get there. This was a 2 oz. pour in a restaurant. Glad I tried it, not rushing out to buy a bottle though. I’ll still give other bottles from this brand a try though.
IMO, just not worth its price point on what I would consider paying for a mixer. I would not even suggest it as an entry level mezcal, as there are other by far less expensive and better options in the market with more depth and complexity.
Olor demasiado perfumado. El sabor parece artificial y desaparece de tu boca en unos instantes. Poco memorable.
The nose is light, however it really opens up on the palate. Notes of pine, citrus, light smoke, and leather.
Great flavors of green vegetal shine through on the mid palate. It does not drink like 50%abv
Palate is salty with notes of pepper, vanilla, and green / vegetal flavors
ABV 47.5% Lot # AE-XXSMS/F Bottle 210/450
I picked up this bottle along with a Mezcalero special release #25 that was also a tobalá to taste side-by-side. Flavors have thinned out as the bottle has been open for several months. There is an underripe cherry flavor on the front end, some smoke mid palate that has a bit of burnt rubber, a tart apple, and a dry finish. Nothing from the clay that shows up. I remember when I first opened the bottle the flavors were sharper and more pronounced. Could be that the oxygen has made the mezcal less potent, but that has not been my experience with other bottles where the flavors get denser and richer as the bottle gets less liquid in it. I agree with Jonny’s and Tyler’s assessment that it is somewhat underwhelming. I did see a review on YouTube recently by Tequila Aficionado’s “Sipping Off the Cuff” and they raved about it calling it bright and peppery.