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Not sure how Bozal makes anything on these expressions but for $40 its a winner. Good heat, cooked agave, slight spicy complexity, but overall very agreeable. Seems like this bottle is everywhere recently: Trader Joes, Whole Foods, and cocktail bars.
Budget Espadin that has everything you look for in a cheaper bottle and I prefer it to Del Maguey Vida if given the choice. Strong ABV that will hold up in a cocktail and provides the caramelized/smoke profile you need for drinks with syrups/juices. Not what I’d want to sit and sip and savor but I see this working perfectly for anyone looking to stay under the $40 threshold for Mezcal.
a decent offering from bozal in the ensamble variety. while i normally prefer my ensambles to consist of 100% wilds, this majority espadin ensamble has a nice light and sweet characteristic. the grassy taste of the mexicano comes through in the bottle i had. would like to try another batch and compare
Not a fan
Toffee and and earthy sweet note with a spicy finish.
A little sweeter nose than the 1st Edition OR. Candied apples on the nose and a dryness that I’m enjoying. Sage and cracked pepper, with a nice bote.
Nose is awesome! Pine, chocolate and caramel – worther’s originals – and hint of savory jerky. Could smell it for hours. Green peppers up front, moves to a sweeter approach of bananas foster and maple syrup.
Sweet, cotton candy and citrus notes and vanilla. Fine.
Muted. Anise and overtly sweet agave. Not a lot to report here. Surprisingly inoffensive but complete forgettable.
Caramel, butterscotch and a bit of a flat finish.
Sweet coffee liqueur and some agave mid-palate with a sugary finish, Bottom of the cup cheap diner coffee and the agave has been smothered with a pillow. A desert drink.
Edition 1 254/1040 Lote CA03C05 Citrus pith, fresh linen scented candle and mint. Sage, anise, sandal wood and cracked pepper with a dry body
Bottle 47/198 A Bright nose with a sweet element. Fresh linen room freshener and artificial pear candy. There’s a sharpness on the palate, where I might have expected something softer given the aging. Black licorice and some oak notes. Hints of that metallic bit mentioned by others. Spice and a long finish, which is hotter than the mid-palate.
This batch is 2015 or 2016. Similar to the Del Maguey chichicapa. A bit more smoke. Clay, leather and black olive.
Decent balance that’s good for mixed drinks but also definitely could be sipped.
Edition 16 (2016)
Lots of cedar on the nose immediately upon opening. Bruised fruit, some floral notes…and like mashed potatoes? A bit metallic as well.
Very creamy/oily texture. ultra long on the finish as a result.
Warm but not unbalanced for abv
Definitely cooked fruit element carrying through.
Not cheap but very good. Between a 4.25 and 4.5 star.
greatly balanced, vegetal mezcal. very soft nose, almost menthol. creamy complex palate, taste of nuts and dried dates. exactly as you would expect from the karwinskii cultivar. finishes slightly bitter which dries the palate for the next pull. pleasurable through and through
a solid classic. this is not the best or most interesting mezcal, but it is one of the OGs. while it lacks complexity, it’s also largely unoffensive. not the best sipper but good in a cocktail.
seriously mediocre mezcal. this mezcal is contract bottled on behalf of ilegal by mal de amor distillery in santiago matatlan. the brand founder, john rexer, is a tourist who decided to capitalize on the mezcal goldrush like many others (gem and bolt comes to mind). what you get is an uninspired poorly produced mezcal that is very astringent to taste with very little complexity and substance. repulsive even. while ilegal has cool branding, it’s a dying brand getting crushed by the new class of quality, competitively priced mezcals. i’ve seen this bottle priced $50+. avoid this trash
tastes like rubbish.. truly god awful and a great example of the commodification of mezcal. gem and bolt was created by two americans who put their brand on something and called it a collaboration. just watch the video on their website. great marketing but shallow product. plus, it costs $50 a bottle? LOL. horrific
very pleasurable experience. i was able to sample this at a local craft spirits bar. high complexity as you would expect from a madrecuishe. extremely aromatic and pleasing aesthetic all around. loses half a star for value (a little high on the price for a mezcal of this caliber). still, worth a try.