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ABV: 47.% Batch: March 2013, Bottled 2019, Lot 25
Picked up this bottle last summer from Caddell and Williams along with 20th anniversary edition of Alipus that is also a tobalá to taste side-by-side. The aging in glass does not seem to bring out more flavors or make it fuller and rounder. The nose has some floral notes, an herbaceous aroma, and a light smoke and a whisp of gasoline. On the palate there is a sharp anise-like flavor that starts up front and stays through the whole sip, could be that banana-runt flavor that others mention. It can be a little off putting. It does have some heat that lingers nicely and a faint plantain flavor. There is also flavor that reminds me of a candy, Good and Plenty, could be that anise-like quality though.
Lot: 03/20 IRM
First smells are from fresh out of the garden green peppers with a sweet herbaceous nose.
Tasing this the first time, you get those fresh green peppers, but it comes with a lactic/cheesiness. Definitely a lot of funk adjacent to the fresh peppers with a certain sweetness that makes for a wonderfully complex distillate. I’ve now finished this bottle and it’s always an entertaining sip. Michoacán has been constantly surprising me. Maybe I’ve been lucky but every time I’ve had a Michoacán Mezcal, it feels like they are saying to Oaxacan Palenques “hold my copita” and then doing something differently enough that it’s underscoring the art of this process.
The aroma is pleasant, it is dry but the taste is sweet and it goes down smoothly. I received this bottle as a gift and it’s a fine gift. I would also give this because it doesn’t break the bank. It’s good for ppl that don’t have experience with Mezcal.
Wow – this one is amazing. Strong smells of spicy green peppers, like jalapeños, olives. Not a tep. but equally fragrant. Reminds me of a Salmiana as Rakhal mentioned. Tase is complex – brown sugar, pepper, root beer soda. Wow – this bottle is going quick!
2022. 48.5%. No lot. Alineño y cimarròn ensemble. Santos Juarez. This isn’t what you’d expect raicilla to taste like, gives me espadin vibes. The nose has cinnamon sticks. The palate is like a frosted cinnamon roll. I liked it enough to buy a bottle from the Mezonte tasting room.
Really tasty sotol, a great example of the expression. Fresh mint leaves, grassy and vegetal.
Didn’t get Lot. For the price I found this to be great. Similar profile to Vida or other entry level mezcals, smokey but not tire fire. Use in cocktails, eat trash, be free.
this mabey a slightly above average mezcal. have had worse and better.i am a huge cupreata fan and this bottle has those qualities.strong spearmint and good smoke on the tongue.i like some heat on a pour but this one was harsh(even for me).some vanilla pudding on the finish. i agree with rakhal.would rate it higher without the alcohol note.its possible that it will mellow with time. could be more enjoyable if its not the evenings first pour.
One of the rougher madrecuixe, but very nice. The nose does not really reveal the karwinskii, but it is pleasant, most smoky and dusty with a light almond paste hint.
Bright flavours, hints of marzipan but not sweetly so. Lightly smoked, some papaya and passion fruit — not sweet or perfumey at all, just the same connotations.
Lot 003 // May 2021
Nose – Cream, mint, cooked agave,
Palate – Grassy, mint, slight cheesy funk, rich sweetness,
Not sure about Lot #. 49.5%.
Like others have said… Mellow nose. I get some cooked agave, green vegetal.
Palate is mellow as well. Baking spices, tiny bit of vanilla, lots of green veggies! Real good.
Astor Pick (46%) TPXGLA2105
nose: brown butter, peaches, graham cracker, peach cobbler, roasted pecans
palate: peach syrup, bell pepper, cinnamon, limestone, marzipan
this fella is real tasty but the nose is simply out of this world. 8-.
Astor Pick (47.7%) ENNCEL1905
nose: quite faint, figs, isopropyl alcohol, mango, white miso, kumquat
palate: hangs with cucumber skins, peach syrup, white miso, radishes, hazelnut
a bit hot on the finish but the greatest drawback here is the faint nose and that chemical note. really a fantastic palate. 7/10
astor pick (46%) ENSPMV2104
nose: coconut, vanilla, carrot cake, snowpeas, tinged with passionfruit, touch of rye bread
palate: lime cordial, chocolaty, toasted coconut, walnut,
this is bomb. 8+/10. only real issue here is the finish. too woody for me.
Sipping this after Gilberto’s Cenzio and I’m more into this. There is similar frontier mustiness to the mezcal but the agave flavors are prominent with citrus notes. An approachable 51% mezcal for sure. Batch 202108. Bottle 233/480.
There is a weird funk to this mezcal but once it opens up it is pretty tasty. There is some vegetal sweetness like maple asparagus. Overall a quality spirit but I enjoy his agave-forward Lamparillo more than this. Batch 202110. Bottle 336/480.
Musty with notes of cherry Life Savers candy. A friend of mine loves this but it is not for me. It is not unique or wild for my taste. The labels says clay pot from Miahuatlan which raises red flags for me; I’ve never heard of clay pot distillation in that region. Of course, they don’t list the producer. This is a very expensive bottle at around $180 for 750ml but it seems they may have lowered the price. My bar was set high early on for Jabali mezcals after tasting Rey Campero and El Jolgorio (batch 1 and 2). Batch YJ15-18, bottle 329/720.
Nose – Bright fruits tropical melon. Fresh Herbs , earthy, black pepper , sweet forward lite smoke.
Palate- minty, herbal, semi sweet smoke, oily mouthfeel, pepper spice mid palate & Complex
Finish : semi sweet , campfire, fresh citrus and pepper.
Batch of May 2019. Very excited to try this bottle, as it is my first maguey pichomel ever. Marmorata is certainly amongst my top preferred agave, although Oaxacan tepextate and Pueblan pizorra offer two very distinct styles as well as flavours.
Nose: A whiff of new oilcloth, plum skin, summer savoury and rosemary. There is also a lactic hint, and with the herbal notes it is like cutting through a Corsican Brin d’amour cheese. It is amazing how it compares to La Venenosa Costa raicilla (of which I had a bottle at home and could compare side by side).
Palate: More lactic and mineral notes, like a gentle raicilla. I have a vague theory that mezcales haling from areas were Spain had strong economic interests in colonial times, were intentionally made with sour smells and flavours, in order to put off the interest of the Spanish king’s tax collectors, although I know next to nothing about the history of Reyes Mezontla. Anyway, here the lactic aspect is so mild that it won’t scare anyone familiar with, say, blue cheese or white mould cheese. Quickly, I get slightly unripe Conference pear, green peppercorns in brine, green jelly beans and a hint of bitter almond – like the core of peach pits perhaps. It is not until the finish that the familiar bell pepper and jalapeño flavours makes you think of a tepextate.
Thoughts: Very special, very very good. I believe it is quite the same juice you get if you try a 5 Sentidos Pichomel from the same palenquero couple. The alcohol is well integrated, and the flavours are so nice and balanced that there is only a slight lack in structure keeping this from being a full score.
Floral and woody aromas, tonka beans, lavender, citrus peel.
Fantastic balance on the palate, it’s like each maguey comes onstage in turns and takes a bow. Vanilla-sweet espadin, toast and charred wood from mexicano, pecan nuts from karwinskii and a lovely bell pepper finish with tepextate.