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strawberry milk, chèvre, sour mango, lime, sweet cream, sand, grass, lemon balm, soil, roasted green chile, grapefruit peel
batch REF-TEQ-001

Batch REF-TEQ-001. Aromas of havarti, whipped cream, under-ripe strawberries, guava, and green bananas. The palate is a bit sharp. It has layers of tangy, almost sour tropical fruit, like if you made a smoothie of not-yet-ripe guava, mango, and papaya. An additional lemon flavor persists throughout this, but is most present on the finish.

Batch EMA-TEQ-001. Aromas of pineapple, cantaloupe, limeade, key lime pie, and double mint gum. The palate has notes of honeydew melon, coconut, hickory, cedar, and ash. I really wanted to like this one more, but it’s just not very complex and is a bit thin.

Nose: Citrus, melon, salted cucumber, slightly briney and sea water

Palate and Finish: grapefruit, tart strawberries, turmeric, cherry, moving toward the finish is rooibos tea, soil. Finish is white pepper, asphalt, lemon lime.

This stuff just keeps getting better as I sip it. I get a lot of elements of Guerrero I love but damn is that strawberry note unmistakable. Love it

Palomo Espadin

El-Dawg

El-Dawg
209 reviews

Lote: PE13
Nose is very tequila like with roasted sweet agave and citrus, orange peel. Taste very similar as well..light smoke and balanced heat. More agave, fruit, in taste. Not overly complex at all but hard to find anything wrong. Plus, this is a very economical bottle with pricing, so pleasantly surprised.
Review #208

Don Amado Tripon, Barril, & Bicuishe

GMAD

GMAD
69 reviews

LOTE 100, 46%, 375ml

Nose – Very pungent and sweet. Sharp cheddar cheese, pool water (chlorine), grass, hobby glue, coconut, and some nutty funkiness like almonds. This harkens alike to a boozy piña colada.

Palate – Musty, tastes old; very rustic. Sugar cane, licorice, lots of funk, raisins, wood chippings, McDonalds bbq sauce, citrus chewing gum.

Finish – Super funky. Fish oil, dark bitter grapes, and some dry tanginess like orange rinds.

Very interesting flavor. Might come off as a bit abrasive. Fun to try, but a very acquired taste. It’s interesting to notice the funkiness of a clay pot distillation in this whole Don Amado series, and this one is no exception!

Chacolo Ixtero Verde

Jake W

Jake W
10 reviews

Lot 01 4-22

This is easily one of the most complex spirits I’ve ever tasted. The running list of what I get out of it keeps growing but the aromas are insane. Bright! Orange flowers, honey, cantaloupe, Meyer lemons, guava campechanas, brown butter and panna cotta are all distinctly there. The flavors are both congruent with the scent and notably different. Mint marigold, Arnold Palmer, honeydew, key limes, fruity coffee, molasses, chipotle powder, green tea, wildflowers, wormwood, tonic, dates, vinegar based bbq sauce. It lingers on one sip and on the next sip it dries out quickly.

This is definitely a harder mezcal to approach and get into, but a little patience and time with it and it becomes an absolute gem.

Paquera Espadin

Forpowder

Forpowder
77 reviews

Lot PES7001 42.5% Sampled on 3/20/2024 Aroma’s out of the bottle are pretty mute.Maybe a little cinnamon mixed in with alcohol. The flavor is very nice.Cinnamon rubarb ocean slate and some brown sweetness. For the price, this is really good.I’ve been disappointed by a lot of espadins of late. No this one!

Batch SEM-ARR-001. 47%

Nose: wet earth, juicy fruit, light mangoes, passionfruit, wet herbs

Palate: solid fruit, mangoes, pineapple, fig, red apple, soil, cocoa powder, rock. Finish is white pepper, more cocoa, some cinnamon and clove

This stuff is great. Nothing wild and complex but down right delicious. Would be happy with a bottle

Palomas Mensajeras Chino, Alto, Mexicano

Jake W

Jake W
10 reviews

Batch ENS-04/19

Country Time pink lemonade is so apt for this one! Smells like summer, warheads candy, grapefruit, mango, fresh strawberries and hay jump to your nose. The lemonade carries right into the taste but carries watermelon ripeness, bubblegum, palm sugar, and orange cream. Wraps up so quickly that it’s basically asking you to chug it. If there was ever a poolside bottle, this is it. Super complex bottle but so approachable, the more I drink the more I find.

Batch 2/10/22-REF-PINA

Very soft and but overtly tropical on the nose, mango and pineapple yogurt, sherbet, thyme, lime pith, and cane sugar sweetness really carry the brunt of a really pleasant aroma. The taste is really interesting, almost apertif-y, and grassy in a lot of ways akin to a Clairin maybe? But dries out significantly into Thai basil, clay, and limestone minerality. Finish lingers and is pleasantly tannic and dry.

Really interesting bottle!

Gracias a Dios Reposado

GMAD

GMAD
69 reviews

LOT. 01R 20 0900, 45%

Nose – Agave forward but very confectionary and sweet; baking spice, caramel, fresh bread, cookie dough, fruity melons, and some gasoline to tickle your nose a bit.

Palate – Warm, sweet sips that remind me of baked goods and dessert; sugar cookies, sweet nuts, like macadamia, some brown sugar, vanilla, and honey.

Finish – The cookies continues; butterscotch, dulce de leche. And some ripe fruit; bananas, cherries, fuji apple.

A simple, sweetish, and very mellow spirit. Great for evening sips, and stellar in cocktails. Predictable, but perfect for when you need to take a break from the complexities of authentic Mezcal. I enjoyed this.

Macurichos Cirial / Coyote Puntas

razorbackmike

razorbackmike
154 reviews

OMG!first time to try this brand.nose is deep and rich. vegetal and sweet jumps out of the bottle.the flavors are VERY compact.karwinski veggie and lots of grilled fruit.apples banana and cherry.very warming and potent .not like gasoline but its best to consume this slowly and in small amounts.this one sent me to bed early!fantastic!

Tepanal Espadin

razorbackmike

razorbackmike
154 reviews

wonderful espadin.one of the best.nose of mineral water, earth and some hints of baked sugar.very silky and coating mouthfeel.clay and sweet bread on the tongue.perfect smoke and very little heat.mixed spices and black pepper on a medium length finish. whole hearted clay espadin profile.cost is a little higher than an average espadin but is more than justified.love this brand!

Real Minero Becuela

laurensbrewing7665

laurensbrewing7665
5 reviews

delicious, smooth, herbal and spicy at the end

Ilegal Joven

laurensbrewing7665

laurensbrewing7665
5 reviews

notably a mezcal brand started by an american dude – not authentic at all. taste is totally average

Bought this one in Ft. Lauderdale on a work trip and finished it with some friends over the weekend. Very solid bottle for $100– I really like a lot of the stuff Gusto Historico puts out. Nose is earthy and vegetal as the Bicuixe comes on strong. Not much of the espadin on the nose which I prefer. Taste profile is very heavy in the Bicuixe— green, bright, musty, and a bit of licorice on the backend. Forward with Bicuixe and after it’s been sitting a while the Espadin comes through slightly, as you’d expect from a 70/30 blend. Very solid!

Sotol Por Siempre

Imperium

Imperium
97 reviews

Harvest: 2022
Batch: 12/205

Nose: This smells like the chewing tobacco that my dad used to dip when I was a kid. It smells of tobacco, mint, and menthol. A bit chalky and the smell of some alcohol that’s been sitting out for a while, or that was spilled. There’s a hint of that artificial vanilla someone mentioned, or the rosewater.

Palate: Briny, grassy, and flavors of the chewing tobacco that I mentioned before. Maybe a hint of Dr. Pepper or Cherry Cola in there too, but thinned out like you’re drinking a La Croix instead of the real thing. This isn’t bad, but also not bursting with flavor for a lone sipper. Maybe it’ll open up more. Considering the price it’s pretty good, but I’ve had much better sotols.

5 Sentidos Espadin-Tobaziche

GMAD

GMAD
69 reviews

ESPTBZ 06-21, 50.9%, BOTTLE 177/219

Nose – Faint and mellow; laundry detergent, wet earth, terra cotta, pine, cleaning soap, and the tiniest bit of cheese.

Palate – Plenty of minerality; mineral water and dishwashing soap residue. It’s also a bit buttery and fatty; fish oil. And there’s some sweet funkiness to round it out, like tamarind and orange rinds.

Finish – Seafoody; sweet crab legs dipped in butter, cream soda, cilantro.

Good, interesting flavor. There’s a funkiness that took a while for me to put my finger on. Textbook clay pot. Air it out and it will begin to taste amazing as it opens up.

Palomas Mensajeras Chino, Alto, Mexicano

tallchad

tallchad
103 reviews

This ensemble brings the PM family together nicely. If I had one to pick for my bar it would be this one (sorry Mexicano). It does so many good things and can appeal to many.
The aroma is ok, mostly highlighting the earthy alto.
The taste is so great! It brings all the expression flavors together and is a nice combination of the earthy, heat and sweetness from its constituents.
The finish is really fun. Almost chewy with some viscosity and flavors. Very well done!

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