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Review #153: the nose has cotton, orange, lemon, and lime oils, vanilla, clorox wipes, wildflowers, soft earthiness, nuts, and ash.
The palate has plenty of lemon, lime, and orange all up front, then some underripe honeydew, light florals, vanilla, a moment of fresh cream mid palate, and turns to dry minerality with a touch of ash and nuts on the finish.

This is that classic clean Ramos profile with tequilana and it’s just about what I expected. There’s nothing really exciting about it to me but it is undeniably well made. It is just really fresh citrus all over with a solid minerality.

Review #152: The nose is very funky, with overripe pineapple, butyric acid, strawberry, some sort of funky cheese, lots of citrus like lemon, lime, and orange, mint, dry minerality.
The palate has lots of rotten pineapple, butyric acid, strawberry, bubblegum, mint, a bit of that weird cheese, lemon, lime, very tangy overall, and the finish turns into a slate minerality with a touch of ash.

This stuff is pretty cool. It reminds me a lot of Virgen’s stuff which is also from Jalisco. Must be something about that yeast. Really tart fruits with that noticable butyric funk added to it. The nose and finish has this nice minerality surrounding everything that keeps the weirdness from being too overwhelming.

Lopez Real Espadin

Jam

Jam
156 reviews

Lote E06, 45% abv

Review #151: The nose has cream, lemon oils, grapefruit, fresh orange, guava, like Jonny said some violet, rose and then other delicate white florals, and a sort of fresh linen candle scent.
The palate has a noticeable oiliness to it, with notes of cream, lemon, orange, guava, soft florals, and on the finish a touch of smoked herbs comes through.

This is pretty solid for a budget mezcal. The creamy note on this really lifts it up as it add a richness to the nose and a thickness to the palate that I really enjoy. This isn’t much to write home about or pick apart, but it is just hits the spot on the price point for chilling with a drink. I bet this works wonders in cocktails too.

Lote A-17-EL-21, 50.4% abv

Review #150: The nose has corn, vanilla, cherry, lychee, earth, bread, hay, and acetone.
The palate has fresh, sweet roasted corn, vanilla, acetone, orange, touch of cherry, pineapple juice, lemon oils, and lasting on the finish is dry grass, smoke, and dusty earth.

This was one of my first bottles of mezcal that is nearing the last pour. It was sort of a roller coaster of a bottle. I kind of liked it at first simply because I hadn’t tried much yet and started to dislike it after trying lots more.
As I go through it more though, I find more delicate complexity in this than before. It’s a bit brash and sweet, the finish is pretty dry, and I do get some noticable acetone. Underneath it though is a mix of pretty fruit notes that makes me a bit more sad than I thought I’d originally be to see this solid budget bottle be empty.

Maguey Melate Tequilana – Emanuel Ramos

El-Dawg

El-Dawg
214 reviews

Smell is a little abrasive. Pine. Taste comes through hot and lactic with some pine and earthiness.
I love the Ramos’ but this is a slightly below average offering. Missing that super crisp and green refrescadera style!

Slight fruit funk smell (like a raicilla or alto). Minty. Taste is similar but not at all like a “normal” tequilana in my experience. Banana nut bread, cherry tartness, strawberry, slight rotten fruit but really interesting! Great Melate addition!

batch: LUI-CEN-001
bottle: 518
abv: 50.2%

sour cherry candies;
bazooka bubble gum;
yoohoo, madagascar vanilla;
candied root vegetables
mushrooms; peat; dust

#34

Batch: 007 2022, 45.3%, 200ml

Nose – Funky, briny, and dirty. Curry, peanuts, wet wood, old attic, raisins, ginger, and mango.

Palate – Floral, tart, and a little acidic. Ginseng green tea (Arizona), Worcestershire sauce, grass, lemon, honey, anise, root beer, and some sugar cane.

Finish – A nutty fruitiness. Pears, Jasmine tea, licorice, and some bittersweet nuts.

Good! This possesses a very interesting and robust, flavor and aroma. It’s very funky and savory; tastes like a sauce. A bit spicy and peppery too, it reminds me of sipping a blanco tequila.

El Jolgorio Tobala

Forpowder

Forpowder
87 reviews

GMGTB280417EJ EDITION 28 bottle 196/ 680 harvest 2017 Aromas out of the bottle are outrageous super smooth stone and Adobe flavors this is amazing aroma. Fingernail polish in the best of ways. Flavors follow the suit very smooth and enjoyable this is a great tobala. Of the mouth hurting and the smoothness of this such wall Blended flavors

El Jolgorio Pechuga

Forpowder

Forpowder
87 reviews

GMJPE300922EJ edition 24 harvest 2022 bottle 206 /780 48% Aromas out of the Bottle sweet and meaty with some brown Agave overtones. Flavors are fairly mellow with some nice Brown Agave but real nice mouth feel kind of creamy with some bacon and Jerky like flavors very little smoke but just a little bacon like

Koch Tepextate

GMAD

GMAD
79 reviews

Lot 01/19, 47%, Pedro Hernández

Nose – Fresh, soft, and sweet. Bubblegum, baby powder, fresh cut grass, lemon, cream cheese, and some permanent marker.

Palate – Tangy, sour, and acidic. Tamarind, grapes, rotting mangoes, some grass, passion fruit and ripe oranges.

Finish – Dark, bittersweet and smoky. Barbecue sauce, super-dark chocolate, prunes, mango pit, and some pineapple.

Very good! Delicious, it tastes deep and tropical. Pretty good value play to serve as a sipper or to sample a different agave varietal.

Vago Tobala en Barro

KyraNicole

KyraNicole
60 reviews

Vago Tobala (Tio Rey) @ Vago tasting (made in southwest Mexico in a forresty area, distilled in clay pots; vegetal green pepper on the nose )

Vago Ensamble en Barro

KyraNicole

KyraNicole
60 reviews

reminds me of wine; same viscosity of wine; berries

yogurt, leather, cherry, watermelon, brine, cheese, lemon, char, soil, pineapple, peach, mango, banana, mandarin, lime, pine, wintergreen

Mezonte Tepe

KyraNicole

KyraNicole
60 reviews

smells like new tennis balls; tastes like white pepper; only 60 liters made

Chacalo Lineño

KyraNicole

KyraNicole
60 reviews

smells a little salty or seawater, delicious, not super sweet but a little sweet
Made in December 2021, Lote 006

Chacolo Brocha – Ixtero Amarillo

KyraNicole

KyraNicole
60 reviews

super sweet on the nose, sweet to taste; LOVEEEEEEEE 😁

Lot 002
Made in Sept 2016; drank at Las almas Rotas

very neutral but a little floral and maize on the nose, 30 min later a little like cheese on the nose, tastes a little more bitter but so good
Lote 001

Lalocura Tobala

KyraNicole

KyraNicole
60 reviews

@ Las Almas Rotas
very chill/ easy to drink, soft, smells like maize, pillowy, slight viscosity from the clay pot

Lopez Real Tobala

KyraNicole

KyraNicole
60 reviews

mint on the nose, minty flavor, honeysuckle, very soft

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