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Rey Campero Jabali

Will

Will
11 reviews

Extremely complex. Different notes with every sip, mint, peppers, fruit, vanilla, maybe some florals. And the best finish of any mezcal I’ve had, that lingers with unique notes of its own.

La Medida Espadin

Will

Will
11 reviews

Really enjoyable and approachable. No smoke on the nose but a subtle ashy taste. A lot of lime and citrus on the nose and palate and very smooth.

Lamata Ensamble Tamaulipas

Will

Will
11 reviews

Very unique smell and flavor that didn’t really work for me but others I tried it with loved it. A sweet but also earthy smell like a vanilla cigar bar. A lot of complexity on the palate. I get predominately mango and wood with a strong bite and spicey finish.

Don Mateo Alto

JDB

JDB
86 reviews

Lot #46 Bottle: 119/696 February 2020, 46% abv

Drank though this bottle pretty steadily after picking it up at Mission Liquor back in May, 2022. A really good inaequidens. This one is not as lactic as other Michoacán mezcales that I have tried, but it has great minerality, faint citrus, a bit of salinity, and a hint of cream cheese. Drying mouthfeel and a background heat. Flavors are pretty muted actually, but I did enjoy the subtlety of this expression. Browsing the other reviews, there is a bit of that pine or mint note (could be rosemary as well). And an ever so faint whiff of anise. 3.75/5 stars.

Mal Bien Alto

JDB

JDB
86 reviews

Batch #0521RM 46% abv
Love these altos, such great flavors from the inaequidens agave. This Mall Bien offering is both very tasty and pretty affordable at round $70. I picked up mine at Tahona Mercado). Lots of pine and juniper on the nose with a background of lactic action (Greek Yogurt). The flavors are a splash of green melon or watermelon rind, Wrigley’s gum, guava, and a background tartness that is complimented by the sweet flavors of fruit. There is a undertone of minerality as well, could be that limestone fermentation or the water source. Also, a mild black pepper heat, and a drying quality to the spirit on the finish. Really appreciate the range of flavors that others note in their reviews (cucumber, tennis ball, dry erase marker) I think it does matter the longer you expose your pour to oxygen and the journey as you finish a bottle. Mine is about ready to be replaced, looking forward!

Derrumbes Michoacan

JDB

JDB
86 reviews

Lot 11, Bottle 124/2900 3/2022 abv: 44.9%

So much good mezcal coming out of Michoacán. very happy to see more choices and brands on the market. Derrumbes has been available for a while now, I remember seeing these bottles available back at least in 2015/16. I really like this one. Not sure of the percentage blend between these two agaves, but the inaequidens comes through strongly. Bit of paint thinner on the nose initially which dissipates quickly. Flavors are sweet , cotton candy and mulberry jam. The backend has some minerality, dry cedar, and a hint of salinity. I have had some ensembles from La Luna featuring these two agaves (Bruto and Chino) and they have been pretty fantastic as well. Looking over the other reviews, I can see the lemon/lemongrass quality as well as the cinnamon (bark). My lot has a lot less smoke than others note in their reviews, but it is there faintly.

Mal Bien Espadin – Antonio Sonido

Tyler

Tyler
595 reviews

Bomb Espadin. Sugary spearmint cream soda with a bit of vanilla spice / white chocolate. Bit of red apple skin. Finish leaves a note of milk chocolate in your mouth. Delicious destilado.

Ugghh! If I am being optimistic I could say “an interesting experience”. I don’t think it is the Deer/Guama pechuga that is throwing me off. The sample of the straight Maximiliana is the same for me. Just not fun or good.
In the aroma there is some big “lechuguilla funk”, and something like burnt syrup or molasses. The taste is really funky with some sweetness. The finish is ungood with even more funkadelic funk. Sorry MM, I love that you find cool and unique mezcal but this one is not for me.

Just by Fortunato’s picture on the MM trading card with his big smile, I really wanted to like this one more. Now seeing all the exceptional reviews I feel like a party-pooper. For me this one was ok to good. The aroma is good and dusty with a hint of fruit. Taste is ok. I’m getting the leather and cedar wood and also a hint of chocolate and cinnamon. The finish is good with lots more cedar wood and some good heat.

Alipus San Juan

El-Dawg

El-Dawg
172 reviews

SJR104/21
This one was a cool 47.5% ABV, which seems to be different then other reviews. The taste was a bit hot no doubt, but pleasantly complex with sharper notes. Tropical fruit, and banana. Surprised of the negative reviews here, but seems like they changed something for the better on this one (or maybe this bottle is super old).

Review #172

After spending an afternoon with Fortunado, I’m probably a bit biased. To Jonny’s point, it opens up quite a bit after letting it sit. I get an interesting mix of Milk Duds on the front palate with a dry cinnamon finish. This spicy dry finish cools a bit after it opens up more. Lot FOR-MEX-001.

2021 batch: Nose is a nice lemon, earthy, grass smell, & dry. The palate is a bit over whelming with the lemon grass taste.

This was good as a one off but I would not buy a bottle.

Balam Sotol Durango

James Christian

James Christian
29 reviews

This is a VERY difficult bottle to rate. Giving it a 3.5 because it is one of the unique sotols (or any spirit for that matter) that I have in the cabinet.

Batch RS-IV-19

On the nose: BUBBLEGUM and light cheese notes with fruit jam spread.
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On the palate: BUBBLEGUM, strawberry, and cream bubblegum.

I’ve had this bottle for almost 2 years, and I have barely made a dent in it. It is so BUBBLEGUM FORWARD that I reserve it for tastings as an educational point, and a good laugh. I am 100% conflicted with this bottle… probably won’t buy it ever again, but do not regret it at all.

p.s. – in 2 years, it has not changed a bit in the bottle. If you’re a fan of bubblegum, this is your jam!

Nose: light smoke, vegetal, minerals
Palate: I get a strong jalapeño note that is delightful along with a very green / vegetal and dry flavor.
Overall excellent mezcal and at an unbelievable price

Aguerrido Cupreata – Vicencio y Gabina

James Christian

James Christian
29 reviews

Lot 2, 08 de Mayo 2021
Nose – brine and sweetness and a tiny bit of nail polish ( which I think will dissipate once the bottle breathes)

Taste – VERY GREEN, with very apple jolly rancher flavors up front. I’m not getting strong chocolate notes as the previous reviewer…more like apple jolly rancher in a very buttery white chocolate croisant if there was such a thing.

IT”S DELICIOUS

La Venenosa Raicilla Costa

James Christian

James Christian
29 reviews

I LOVE this one. Lot 39, 06-22
Nose – more like a big ole funky Arroqueño, with really sweet notes of honey and cheese and vinegar.
Taste – Smoked banana leaves and HEAVY on the sweet Texas barbeque sauce.
IMO this is the most savory and smokey offering from Venenosa and it’s positively delicious, especially for the price point (extra half a star for that)

Ojo de Tigre Joven

Wanderingspider

Wanderingspider
49 reviews

Picked up a 200mL BTL (40%) of this and it’s not bad at all.
It’s a little on the funky side, with lime peel astringency and like bruised melon/stone fruit.
It’s obviously a bit lighter and lacks some balance but doable definitely.

Aguerrido Zacate Limon – Doña Erika

COak

COak
206 reviews

2021 batch. This is a left turn from all of the other Aguerrido offerings because it’s distilled with lemongrass. On the nose, I get lemon cookies. The palate is similar, spicy lemongrass bomb. The lemongrass overrides the other cupreata notes. This is more of a novelty mezcal for me, unique and enjoyable, but wouldn’t need a full bottle.

Aguerrido Cupreata – Don Tomás

COak

COak
206 reviews

There are two batches of this out, 2021 and 2017. The 2017 will be pricier.
Batch 2017. This might be the best Aguerrido offering. This has nuance that’s hard to describe, it changes in the bottle. I get creamy coffee notes on the nose and palate. This is also green and tropical. I get some anise flavors as well.

Batch 2021 This is a surface level version of the 2017. It has a shorter finish and the flavors aren’t as pronounced but it’s still delicious.

Aguerrido Cupreata – Don Antonio

COak

COak
206 reviews

2021 batch. Been a huge fan of Antonio’s juice, he makes consistent, delicious mezcal, bombed with flavor. This one isn’t too far from his espadin in terms of flavor. I get green apples, hazelnut, and coffee on the palate. It is soft and has delicious dark flavors.

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