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This is a fun bottle with alot going on. Definitely picking up on fruity, earthy, and rich gamey flavors. This is just my initial rank, I want to revisit in a month and update.
Lot SDA-191 / 48%
This one doesnt really resonate with me much. It’s really smokey on the nose and has a Metalic quality I’m not so fond of. I like the viscosity and mouthfeel of it. I use this one for cocktails.
I like this! I like most offerings I’ve tried from Durango and Cenizo. It’s light smoke, medium funk, and quite a sweet fruitiness to it. This is not a complex offering, but that is a good thing sometimes. It’s an absolutely solid Cenizo offering at a decent price point.
El Agave has it nailed for the tasting notes. The finish is so clean, it maintains this refined quality that I like very much. I find Americana to be hit or miss for my palate but this one was crafted expertly. Great expression!
Lot A-05-EM-19 / 50.5% / 89% Espadin & 11% Mexicano
Shewww, I was really into this one. The overripe agave makes for an incrediblely complex and deeply flavorful mezcal when shepherded properly, and Aquilino did just that. Thankful I got to try a pour, I will be looking to hopefully get lucky and try it again.
Batch ARM-01 / btl 74/242 / 54%
I LOVED this ensamble. It had so much complexity and so much Oomph behind it. Definitely some fun agave varieties were used in this ensamble, I would try again!
Super green. Gummy worms. White sugar and some raw zucchini. Flavors make me think of “al dente” agave like it wasn’t fully cooked so there are still fresh green flavors remaining. Short dry finish. As you warm up to it notes of fruit start to appear.. I need a larger dram! Batch 0520ER from May 2020. 3.75/5 stars.
I live in Mexico, but bought a 200 ml bottle of it at Whole Foods while visiting my daughter in LA. I tried it during the same trip where I also bought a bottle of Bozal Espadin/Barril/Mexicano. I’ll say that I liked this a good amount better than the Bozal.
Only $17.99 for a small bottle? Not bad at all, and I definitely tasted the character of the Cuixe. It’s not amazing, but when outside of Mexico and with limited options? It’s not bad–especially for the price.
Although I live in Mexico, I’ve been seeing this Bozal posted by a number of mezcal aficionados in the US lately. While visiting my daughter in the US a couple of months ago, I found it at Trader Joe’s for only $36.99. Hmmm?
For those of us who are pretty experienced with mezcal, we can often tell whether a distillation is worthwhile. Not always, true. But if it includes—not only Espadín—but also some wild agaves, such as in this case Barril and Mexicano…AND if they let the grado go up pretty high, (in this case 47%,) normally its worth checking out.
Not so much with this one I’m sorry to say.
Is this special? No. Is it disgusting? Also no. Is it actually worthwhile? If I had a bottle of this at home, I would give it away–to someone who didn’t know any better. But if I found myself removed against my will from my beloved Mexico–and if it were the only mezcal for miles, I’d drink it. Salud.
Excellent expression of Arroqueno from VR, I would go as far as to say its my standard for the varietal. This specific bottle propelled me down the path of interesting and well-crafted Arroqueno’s. Definitely worth a try or buy!
Batch: AA016 Bottle: 70
Nose – Limestone. Clay. A pleasant, sweet grassiness.
Palate – This one takes some time to take shape. A wild, fire-kissed grassiness to start and that was it for the first sip or two. I don’t drink a lot of sotol so I attribute this to when I found the smoke overwhelming when I first tried mezcal. But as it fades the flavors and complexity really pop. Pine. Anise. Oak. Clay. A milk chocolate sweetness lingers which is a similar note that I get from mezcal clay pots in Santa Caterina Minas. A nice, late bloomer here and as the old saying goes: it’s not where you start, it’s how you finish.
Nose – Pine needles. Very grassy.
Palate – Thin viscosity but still somewhat slick. Big time campfire ash. Anise. Celery which makes it kind of bland at first. It takes a while for the aftertaste to kick in but then there’s the payout: a definite, dry, smoky meatiness to it. Also, pineapple citrus. Like campfire roasted, pineapple-marinated, chicken breast. This one is slow outta the gates but comes strong in the end.
Not the best but not the worst. I actually think I enjoyed this pour more when the bottle was freshly opened opposed to a few months in. Nothing overly exciting, just an interesting papalote Pechuga for a good price ($85)
An interesting take on a sotol. Pine, cilantro, sage. Gonna revisit. Not sure if i love it or dislike it
Had to submit a review on this one after my dive into Mezcals. This was a chance purchase from a Costco liquor visit, and not like many of my guided purchases. Immediately after opening the bottle, I did not get the smoke and notes I was expecting from the mezcal, but more of a rich joven, with citrus notes and agave richness. The smoke was there, just not prominent. Second taste revealed the citrus and peppers, with deep citrus and agave. Mouth feel is pure agave and smoke, with a warm, smoky finish that is remarkably satisfying. It invites another sample. This review marks the finish of a six month finish of Lot xj-06, bottle #1547, and will prompt another purchase for me and my friends. Pure enjoyment, and will be my starter mezcal for friends after 25+ other mezcal samples. May not be my favorite mezcal, but so far it will be the inviting taste I want to entice others into the journey.
Soft, enjoyable mezcal. Spice, cream cheese, cooked agave on the nose and palate. A bit of minerality in the short finish. One of the easiest to drink mezcals I’ve tried.
Nose – Unreal aromas. Strawberry Starburst, flowers and a perfect hint of smoke.
Palate – Creamy, strawberry candy. Rose petals and a grassy element. A milky, candied element in the aftertaste. This is dynamite at first but the flavors are a bit overpowering and unrelenting – good thing they are awesome flavors though.
Batch ETZTX01-18. I enjoyed this one. It was a good blend that left little to be desired. Great job as usual from 5S
The most interesting (and costly) bottle in the Lost Explorer lineup. Big minty notes. Some mint chip ice cream. Jonny’s review is spot on with Jolly Ranchers, I get the watermelon flavor. I can see people really getting into this one because it is not too smoky nor harsh. It is approachable and quite unique. Flavors aren’t very complex but they’re outside the average Oaxacan mezcal spectrum. Bit of water on the finish.
This bit from their website is confusing: “Salmiana really stands for its scientific name Maguey Verde, an agave traditionally used to produce pulque.” I think they meant “local name”; Agave salmiana is the scientific name I’ve never heard of the source of pulque called Maguey Verde in Oaxaca. The cost of $180/bottle is a bit ridiculous for this low ABV mezcal; I hope the producer is getting a nice cut of that profit. The Derrumbes SLP tastes similar and is $35/bottle. I will say that the agave “age statement” on the bottles is very creative and educational. If it were to catch on there is no way to regulate or verify it.. fun marketing technique though.
No batch info; this was a sample received in January 2021.