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La Higuera Cedrosanum

PNWill

PNWill
3 reviews

Date: 12/19, Lot 9, Bottle 521/800
This bottle was my first sotol and quickly became my weekday jam. Cedar wood, asparagus, and capers. I read a review where someone said it was like a brand new wallet and that is spot on! I will always make sure to have one of these on hand.

Banhez Espadin & Barril

PNWill

PNWill
3 reviews

Lot BA0045EBA21 I get some vanilla and lime notes on the front and just a touch of smoke and black pepper in the finish. Moderately sweet and not terribly complex. I dig it, though. Good value for money and easily procured. I hope to introduce friends and make some cocktails with this one.

Cruz de Fuego Espadin

Dom

Dom
25 reviews

Very vanilla forward and sweet on the nose. Palate is much lighter on the vanilla / sweetness but there’s notes of mint, slight smoke, & minerals. Light spices on the finish and short

Sometimes a certain Mezcal will just bring me to a different place. Every time I taste this one I get an impression of cool water. Not that it’s watery at all, it isn’t, but there’s just something about it that makes me think of cool mineral rich water from a rocky spring high in the desert. Fresh herbs and flowers. Linens in the cool morning air hanging from a clothesline in a grassy field. Every time I taste this one I get these impressions. I really want to meet Celedonio some day, I have a feeling that all of his Mezcals are special.

So sad to hear Silvestre died of Covid. He was obviously a talented Mezcalero because this is a solid Madrecuixe. Lavender, green bell pepper, sandalwood, salty pistachio shells, and Fuji apple. It’s a unique Madrecuixe and I like it.

Mal Bien Mexicano – Sanchez

Rakhal

Rakhal
361 reviews

So musty!! Reminds me of an attic in an old house. Sandalwood, sawdust, box full of old sheets, mothballs, varnish, and fruit rollups. Interesting.

NETA Madrecuixe – Paula Aquino Sánchez

Rakhal

Rakhal
361 reviews

This tastes really thin and watered down. Vanilla bean, wicker chair, beach ball, and steamed zucchini. Rare miss from one of my favorite brands.

Sacapalabras Tobasiche – Espadin

Mondrian

Mondrian
1 review

Both agaves make themselves heard, nose delivers peppers and bread, more mineral than fruity, farmyard, yeasty, beer, slightly acidic. In the mouth, the Espadin takes stage first with sweet-savoury punch, followed by herbal minerality.

Siete Misterios Tobala

ToastyMick

ToastyMick
6 reviews

Savory. Half sweet. Bit of spice and clay and fruits. Nice finish that lingers at the back

Savory and briny note that’s difficult to place on the nose. Mushroom risotto, scrambled eggs, onions, salted tomatoes, and roasted poblano. There’s a chemical funk to it like iodine. Heavy mineral water – wet concrete, asphalt, a bit of sulfur. It’s not an inviting nose every so often. Sprouts, alfalfa, chives. Very odd nose on this expression.

Very unique sour lemon flavor as it coats my palate followed by a big kick of capsaicin. Those minerals from the nose are present on the palate as well and reminds me of well water that needs balanced. Calcium, metallic, sodium. Plaster, concrete, mortar. Seaweed, nori, raw carrots, turnips and radishes. Very odd composition of flavors.

The finish leans more into those herbal and grassy notes with a much kinder flavor profile. A metallic and antiseptic flavor still sits on the palate and is not appealing to me. Celery greens, spring mix, arugula. Citrusy vinaigrette – olive oil, black pepper, citrus pith.

This opened up a bit over time and that initial kick of lemon really intrigued me. It didn’t last long however and the minerality took too much away from the good aspects. There is a lot of terrior in this glass. From the water source to the still, I felt like I could taste it all.

Batch: 48.8% Mini Bottle

Wild nose. Mushrooms, earth, mango, banana peels. It’s got a fermented, yeasty quality. Like a fermented sweet agave nectar, mead-like quality. Coconut water. Dulce de leche. Cheesecake, cream cheese. When you first pour it that lactic quality is very present. Let it sit a bit and more sweeter, overripe, fruits come out.

Noticeably thin on the palate initially. As I was sipping the texture really started to transform in the glass. Incredibly floral. Dryer sheets. Lots of funky woodiness. Orange liquor, lime leaf. Very sweet with those overripe fruit notes then takes a turn with a more dry and bitter profile. Banana skin, plantain. More mushrooms. Creamed butter.

Long and dry finish. The funky fruit gives me summer mead vibes again on the finish. Lactic sour beer. Green lumber. Bit of a chemical note that I do not enjoy. Slightly antiseptic, sterile bandage note.

NETA Bicuixe – Celso Garcia Cruz

cagliostro

cagliostro
14 reviews

2019 46.3% (BXCEL1905)

nose: juicy oranges, green tea, spinach, kinda reminds me of sotol, as it sits the nose leans fruitier – even some mango,

palate: mango fruit leather, quite sweet, brussel sprouts toward the finish and gets a bit harder with time

pretty solid. better finish than the 2020 but less exciting in all other regards. with time i think the fruit comes out more and the finish gets a bit worse. overall probably a 6+/10?

2020 48% (BXCEL2004)

nose: mango, coconut cream, graham cracker crust, quite pleasantly musty

palate: sweet, thick and delicious, toward the finish it gets prickly and a bit more bitter, tastes of cantaloupe, touch of pomegranate, finish is in artichokes, pond water, still some fruit, finish mollifies with time

the finish gets much better over time but it’s initially pretty trying. the fruit here is dark, musky and delicious. a pretty unique mezcal. 7/10

REALLY challenging to assign a rating to this one because there’s no batch system! and i have two different scores!

Maguey Melate Jabali – German Manzano Martínez

gonzalezjr21

gonzalezjr21
8 reviews

Maguey Melate
380 liters produced May 2020
GER-JAB-002
46%

Honestly one of the most delicious Jabali’s I’ve tasted! Unique! Don’t be put off by the cloudy murkiness that lurks in this mezcal. Triple distilled in copper pots producing: a sweet, sour, citrusy zest, caramel, vanilla, creamy almost velvety mouthfeel with a long dry finish. Taste still lingers in the mouth long after.. Beautiful!!

Maguey Melate
220 liters produced April 2021
ADE-MAD-001
56.7%

One flavor bomb of a Madrecuixe! Smells and tastes like brown sugary goodness. Nuts, vanilla, sweet fruit, butterscotch, velvety mouthfeel. A very solid offering from Adela Del Carmen

Maguey Melate
340 liters produced November 2020
ROS-ARO-001 Bottle #586
49.8%

Lots of funk going on here. Love it! Clay pot distilled goodness. Savory, buttery, sweet, smoky (in a great way) some bit of tanginess. Not a big arroqueno fan but this is good!

Maguey Melate
400 liters produced December 2020
LID-ESP-001 Bottle #364
44%

A nice Espadin even at 44% abv. Orange peels, citrus zest, very floral all the way, mint, light pine and herbaceus. Balanced and delicate. I like it

Banhez Espadin & Barril

Cy Bister

Cy Bister
26 reviews

Fairly typical jackfruit with an herbaceous quality. Semi-sweet sipper on the front. I’m not picking out anything unique or different from the barril in aroma nor taste. Smoke and minerality do finally make an appearance on the finish though. It’s fine. The low ABV really handicaps this one for me as being anything more than average.

El Jolgorio Tobaziche

schan_ban

schan_ban
3 reviews

Edition 08, Harvest 2017, Bottle #295/360

Quite a unique experience from start to finish. Aroma immediately hits you with the sweetness and fruitiness that’s packed inside this bottle. Initial palette is wild, super sweet, tons of fruit, citrus, slightly vegetative, and hints of honey. The sweetness and fruit dominate this mezcal and the finish had hardly (if any) smoke to it. Barely any heat that wasn’t really noticeable, very smooth experience. Almost like a desert mezcal that’s how sweet it was and for me couldn’t have multiple drinks of it in a row. Definitely unlike any other mezcal I’ve tried but might need to have it a few more times before landing on a final verdict.

Todos Santos Mezcaleros Tobala

schan_ban

schan_ban
3 reviews

Edition 2021, Harvest 2019, Bottle #417/672

Was lucky enough to stumble upon this bottle given how rare the Todos Santos bottles are to find and wasn’t disappointed. As mentioned by others, initial aroma was a bit harsh but it just needed to open up a bit before it became much more pleasant. Initial palette has a mineral flavor that then explodes into a massively wide and complex body that has too many tasting notes to decipher individually. Heat has an incredible sizzle that bites just the right amount but not too much. Finish has a phenomenal smoke that lingers for longer than expected which was a pleasant surprise. Enjoyed it so much I went back to get the only remaining bottle from the store and very glad to have found what I’ll only be using for special occasions in the future. A truly special bottle that I would highly recommend if you can find.

El Jolgorio Cenizo (A. Karwinskii)

schan_ban

schan_ban
3 reviews

Ignacio Parada, Edition 06, Harvest 2020, Bottle #1/160

Only my 3rd experience with a black EJ bottle and wow this one was incredible. Aroma has outstanding mix of smokiness and sweetness without any of the harsh nail polish that you can sometimes get with other mezcals. Initial palette has a very pleasant fruity sweetness, grassy, and vegetative flavor – remarkably well balanced all throughout. Finish leaves a more subtle smokiness that isn’t overpowering at all but also isn’t completely missing or muted. Heat is also surprisingly well balanced as well. Overall the best mezcal I’ve had so far and exactly what I think an “ideal” mezcal should be like – if you see one of these bottles don’t hesitate to get it.

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