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I wrote down some tasting notes 2 weeks ago after I first opened the bottle and luckily didn’t post it at that time. The experience two weeks ago was different from what I tasted today.
Two weeks ago it was boozy on the nose and on the palate. A little bit sweetness, very sharp and a long burn. Not very pleasant.
Today it is a different story. Sharppness is gone, just a little bit of burn left, but at a good level. Sweet fruit, agave and mild smoke flavors are now balanced. Nice Espadin, not very complex but a good mezcal.
Lot 25, May 2016
Grapefruit and wet stones on the nose. Cooked agave and some piney herbs join in the mouth. The sweet agave goes a bit caramel on a medium finish.
Nose – Rock candy. Cotton candy jelly bean. Dusty on the back end of the nose.
Palate – Jasmine flower. Whipped scrambled eggs. Cojita cheese. Anise. Quite a dry and floral finish. Extremely long aftertaste of perfumed bath salts and lingering green peppercorn.
Classic bubblegum/pepto flavor I get from tobalas. This one is more enjoyable than most, but I feel as though there wasnt a single part of this dram that made me say “wow” or “thats good!” I know, shitty review write up, but I dont have much more to add at the moment.
Edition 8 – 2006
Light & crisp (seems weaker than 48%). Slightly buttery, and not overly complex or standout. Average espadin for an above average brand.
2017 Distillation, 47.1% ABV
Clay, strawberry fruit rollup smell. Tase is delicate & not overpowering. Lots of fruit, clay is balanced & smooth & tangy. 4.25
Nose – Rich roasted agave – very nice. Lemon drop (candy) citrus.
Palate – Lemon filling in a meringue pie. Incredibly smooth for 49.2% ABV – big flavors with little heat. Hickory (wood flavor and smoke) on the finish. Aftertaste is long, warm and tasty. This might be my favorite arroqueno ever but I only had a 1 oz sample.
Very smooth. A little pepper, a little veg, a little smoke, all tied to gether with a nice sweetness crisp finish. Very easy sipper. Almost tastes like a 40%.
Lot 0414TG. Breath-taking! Yet another sublime mezcal out of Guerrero. Each pour brings new flavors to the palate, and every sip is more profound than those that came before it. Aromas of chocolate Ovaltine, roasted strawberries, prunes, urfa biber, prosciutto, and gorgonzola dolce. The palate is dripping wet. I’m catching all sorts of fun flavors: Cadbury chocolate, canned peaches, charred scallions, strawberry shrub, the white rind on brie, hay, leather, and mint. A somewhat spicy finish with pink peppercorn, basil, cassia bark, allspice, and summer flowers. I can’t get enough of this stuff. It’s gorgeous!
Lote RML- 12 June 2019 – 175 Liters. Edgar Carreno.
I had great expectations and it didn’t disappoint. Excellent mezcal.
Pretty spectacular nose: oregano, thyme, sage, calamint, lemon zest, cotton candy. Great mouthfeel, creamy, warm, smooth, spicy, incredibly smooth, hard to believe it’s 52.4 %.
Without a doubt, one of the best expressions of mezcales. Love it.
I usually love Bertas stuff. This is just pedestrian. Im used to wet stone/fresh rain type of smell or taste, but this whole pour is just muted. If I try real hard, maybe I could make out some citrus somewhere in there.
Great sweet, fruity, and tangy smell – definitely get the strawberry shortcake on the nose. Great taste, crispy, and creamy. Little funkiness in there as well, which I attribute to the clay. Solid tobala for sure, but not my favorite it would seem. I do love the strawberry notes though.
Delicious and smoky with plenty of backbone at 47.5% ABV. Layers of melon and tropical fruits with a long-lasting finish. Excellent. LOT SLR004/19 Bottle 357/1180.
Nose – Pinot Noir wine. Black licorice.
Palate – See the nose but sour red wine. Roobios tea bag. Anise. I love tobala but I’m not picking up any of the usual suspects here.
Nose – Brand new rubber basketball. Paint primer. Baby carrots. Watermelon water.
Palate – Weak floral flavors / watery even for 44% ABV. Flower stems and roots. Rubber. Cigarette smoke. This one ain’t for me.
Lote: 18-ES2 Bottle: 170
Nose – Vibrant, clean & tropical.
Palate – Good initial almost-medium viscosity. Early vanilla and then the sweet notes all but disappear. Hard cooked egg yolk. Dried (crunchy) chow mein noodles. It get’s grassy toward the end and the smoke gets a tad rough. Over-salted celery stick aftertaste with the lingering smoke.
Overall this is OK but I found the nose far exceeded the palate.
Currently there are two lots of this floating around. I tried both the other day and its worth noting: Lot 1 is nothing like Lot 2.
Lot 1 is super fruity and bright and happy and light. Very little of that piney wheeleri coming through. It reminded me of the Derrumbes Durango a bit.
Lot 2 is more like the typical Sotol. Piney and smokey and that Sotol dirt thing going on.
Lot 2 is more smokey and subdued and a but unbalanced. In the tasting Lot 1 was the clear winner.
Didn’t get the lot number but it was from a recent bottle.
I’m not sure what to make of this one, but it’s delicious in a very weird way. Looking at the other reviews I agree to some extent. i get more piney/elder than anything coming through with some candied sweetness. This is definitely in the “novel agave” category in my head as it’s soooo different. I will probably get a bottle and then it will be a slow “every once in a while” sipper
This is almost painfully drinkable it’s so good. The painful is the price because it goes really quick.
In a blind tasting with this and an El Jolgorio Pechuga, all 6 people called out this one as the Pechuga and missed the EJ. So there’s that.
On the nose: light smoked chicken stock and sweetness.
In the mouth: It’s smooth and viscous and mouthwatering. Then there is a tiny bite in the upper palate after a few seconds.
Taste: I get chicken stock, white pepper, mint and light roasted agave. This is the most savory mezcal I have without it being a pechuga. l love the stuff.
May 2019. Lot 6
The Mexicano from Aquilino is, as anyone who has ever tasted it would say, absolutely delicious. It’s complex with light citrus and honey that deepens as you settle into it. It has a little chili, nuts – it’s so balanced it’s hard to pick out one flavor profile.
However I can’t help think that I over romanticized the legend behind the bottle. I got caught up in the search for the last bottles from a master that we shall never see again. This has almost no finish compared to some others. It’s pretty thin, a bit nail polish on the nose, and I don’t think it’s the best expression of his craft.