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Aroma: orange zest and vanilla beans
Taste: grassy with brown sugar, vanilla and oak but not over oaked. You can still taste the underlying agave, but this is pretty one dimensional.
Overall I like this much more than most Reposado tequilas, but I prefer joven mezcals.
Score: 7/10

Bonete Raicilla Sierra

JDB

JDB
86 reviews

Date 2/22 Lot 8 Bottle 166/250 ABV: 41.5%
Ramirez was my supplier for this raicilla as well. So different from the other raicilla de sierra that I purchased (Puntagave) on the nose: rubber gloves, wet decomposing leaves, and freshly baked muffins with walnuts. The flavor gets back into the same sierra wheelhouse: lemon and lime, chalk, saltines, and tart green apples. Repeated sips and airing it out a bit bring out a bit more sweetness, like a chamomile honey, and some mild cheese similar to a light brie. I agree with the other reviewers here – Zack and Rakhal – that the lower abv does not dilute the flavors at all. I have heard that raicilla is traditionally distilled at a lower abv so don’t be dissuaded from trying them if you prefer those higher abv agave spirits like I do. My lot seems a bit different from the the others reviewed (#1), not sure I get the guava or tropical fruit, but several of the other flavors and scents seem to be present for me as well. Grab a bottle if you can find one under $75. 3.75 stars out of five.

48% abv, Lot 4, ABR 15
Been trying more raicillas of late and thoroughly enjoying them. I picked up this bottle at one of my more reliable liquor stores for agave spirits, Ramirez Liquor. This raicilla is pretty darn tasty. I know that the funk in raicillas can turn some folks off, but it does draw me in (cue the James Brown riff). This one does have some cheese on the nose and a fresh hit of lemon and lime peel. The flavor hits with that lemon flavor, lemon curd, solid pepper heat, salted caramel, and a bit of pine. A bit of astringency and salinity on the backend. Flavor for days, more like 4.25/5 stars for me. Looking at the other reviews, there is some variation in the batches. I don’t get the sour apple, but on Tequila Aficionado in their YouTube review, they mention a pineapple flavor, which I do get. More recent reviews mention the cream cheese and Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit, which is closer to the flavor profile of my batch.

Bonete Raicilla Costa

JDB

JDB
86 reviews

45.4% abv, Lot 1, Date: 8/18 Bottle: 516/750

Another bottle procured from Ramirez Liquor. Great aromas and nose on this one: cheese, citrus, floor polish, and a bit of leather. The palate is both sweet and lactic with a hint of incense smoke on the backend. I get some salted caramel, and more lime than lemon as far as citrus. The cheese profile runs more towards ricotta than cream cheese, a d’anjou pear flavor creeps in as well. Nice complexity and varied flavor profile. Would definitely buy another bottle. I wonder if the tree trunk brings a bit more funk than copper. Checking the other reviews, only Rakhal and Jonny had the same batch it appears. I don’t get as much astringency on this raicilla compared to the Las Perlas Costa that I also reviewed, and less bbq. But I am intrigued by the wet dog note that Rakhal mentions. Not sure if it is a big dog or a little dog, long hair or short hair. I think it is closer to a dog coming in from the rain than a dog coming in from the ocean, however there is an interesting nexus in the tasting comments between earth and ocean (olive brine). I am fully on board with the magical quality though.

Maguey Melate Mexicano – Fortunato Hernandez

intimaralem85

intimaralem85
2 reviews

Best Mexicano I’ve ever had (yet)! Fruity & herbal notes. Amazing for sipping neat.

Ilegal Joven

intimaralem85

intimaralem85
2 reviews

Mezcal doesn’t give me headaches, but this mezcal did. Couldn’t even drink it in cocktails.

Real Minero Largo, Becuela

GreenspointTexas

GreenspointTexas
382 reviews

Eduardo makes the best ensambles on the planet. Fite me

Las Perlas Raicilla Chico Aguilar

Rakhal

Rakhal
389 reviews

Lote: 2, May 2022, 250 Liters.
I love Raicilla. When I traveled through Jalisco I tasted many different expressions, but this one is so clean and so beautiful I just love it. Somehow Raicilla tastes so much different than all the Agave expressions from every other state in Mexico. Blind tasting Raicilla, you know it right off the bat. This is sour like lemon soda, lime soda. So much freshness like Spearmint, and the slightest bit of cheese. This is a beautiful expression. It’s not my favorite Raicilla of all time but it’s definitely top 10. I need to get back to Jalisco.

It’s crazy how the same species of Agave will taste completely different in a different area! This tastes nothing like a Oaxacan Tepextate. If I had blind tasted this I would’ve guessed it was an Alto from Michoacán. New car smell, can of new tennis balls, sandalwood, dryer sheets, cedar chest. I like this a lot.

Update: I’m getting a ton of black licorice off of this now. Good call Jonny!

This is a beautiful expression. Peppermint Altoids, vanilla ice cream, tarragon, thyme, lavender, and sugar snap peas. The mouth feel is thin but the flavors are right on! I dig it.

Derrumbes Zacatecas

James Christian

James Christian
29 reviews

4 stars for being the mezcal that to me has the most “Cooked agave” profile out there for the price. Lot 11 – 06/21
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Stewed agave and green pepper, very very vegetal with a lingering funk on the finish. For the price, I always have it on my shelf. Believe it or not, it also pairs VERY well with a splash of whiskey aged in Sherry barrels. try it!

Quiereme Mucho Espadin

James Christian

James Christian
29 reviews

Solid 3 stars, would have been more due to the price which keeps on rising.
Lot AA-39..?
Really bright and green with notes of white pepper and the faintest hint of yellow starburst. Medium finish. A little smoke. Purchased for $70. If this was $45 it would have gotten another star for the value. However, there are much better Espadins for far less.

Siete Misterios Coyote

betweentwotobalas

betweentwotobalas
17 reviews

CY-01/10, 2010. Don Fernando Damián. 526/1238. 48.5% ABV.

A tasty time capsule from 2010, scored in 2020! Like future versions, this batch has prominent aromas of butterscotch, ripe banana, leather funk and aftershave. Tastes like Rum & Butter candy bar, maple syrup, bitter celery, mint toothpaste and black pepper. On the finish, acetone infused cherry Nibs and cloves. The clay pot softens the fusel bite. Was never a fan of Nibs or Rum & Butter but this combo works!

Real Minero Coyota

GreenspointTexas

GreenspointTexas
382 reviews

The juiciest mezcal ive had in some time. For some reason in getting a carribbean feel from this one. Lime, tobacco, leather, oranges. Slight funk to round it out. Gonna have to buy another bottle next time im in San Antonio

Coyote Sotol Durango

Mezcal Mike

Mezcal Mike
29 reviews

Lot: (it’s blank)

Nose of fresh cut grass, mint. Trout actually on the take. Kind of like when you take a trout fillet and cook it over a fire wrapped in tinfoil with lemon, salt and pepper, some bell peppers and potatoes. This is quite nice at 45.99. Another example of why it’s not common to find a bottle over 100 that’s worth two finds at 50. I am happy to sip this one.

Just re-tasted the Chihuahua, and this Durango is far superior. I’d highly recommend grabbing a bottle of this if you see it. Extra half star for the bargain.

Mezcalero No. 25

Mezcal Mike

Mezcal Mike
29 reviews

Robust nose, like smelling a fresh marker. Matches up with the sip, anise, banana, sweet. Went a bit beyond my normal range today. Tasted this at 104.99 but it didn’t pack the same complexity as the others. I’d give it 4 stars at a lower price point.

Lot AE-XXSBC, 237/450, 46%

Uninteresting nose. Amazing surprise on the palate. Anise and peppermint, balance with smoke, floral and earthy undertones is remarkable. Smooth. At 46% you want a full mouthful. Paid 119.99 but this bottle is worth it. I have not tasted enough to give 5 stars but this is as close as I’ve gotten.

Ilegal Reposado

Suicide Squid

Suicide Squid
1 review

Lot 155. Slight band aid smell giving way to Smokey pepper with some notes of agave in the background. Pepper and heat on the tongue. The alcohol heat begins to feel and taste like hot pepper. A little slick with with more peppery heat in back into finish. Way too peppery with agave flavors lost in that.

Rey Campero Tepextate + Cuishe + Espadin

Mezcal Mike

Mezcal Mike
29 reviews

Lot DS001-ECT, 1280/1858
Sept 2017

Robust nose, green olives, transfers broadly with 51.5 heat and fades smoothly. I’ll keep trying this one. Quite a nice sipper. For the price I paid (104.99) it gets 4 stars. I’ve had better for less but it’s a nice piece if price was immaterial.

Derrumbes Zacatecas

GazoGypsy

GazoGypsy
1 review

I cannot give any high quality artisanal product less than 4 stars. As a Mezcal I would almost give this 3 stars but as a blanco tequila 5+!

I agree with most of the tasting notes below. To me this is closer to Don Julio Blanco than most mezcals. It does have enough smoke to call it a mezcal, but if mazcal and tequila had a baby this woulds be it!

After reading the back story of where this is produced, on the border of agave valley, it paints a broader picture of what this is …an amazing agave liquor that is a joy to drink.

Flavor is thin as most blancos are, but it does have that long lingering kiss of smoke and sweet green grassy note that sets this drink apart.

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