Ciro’s last batch Papalote presents a peculiar profile. I agree that the nose might strike a chord of green apple akin to green jolly rancher with a maraschino cherry, or venture into a subtle floral territory. On the palate, the dominant notes of Honeysuckle and white pepper could be accented by a hint of citrus or even fresh-cut grass, leading to a mildly spicy finish. Despite its distinctiveness, it strays slightly from my favored high ABV expressions, offering a lighter, yet complex taste narrative. RIP Ciro.
At 45% ABV, NETA Bicuixe from Candido Garcia Cruz presents a distinct profile, falling a bit shy on the intensity I prefer, yet making a bold statement with its unique flavor palate. The bright and unique character of this mezcal is well-received, unveiling a dance of candied asparagus on the tongue, a curious, yet engaging taste narrative. While not my top choice, its uniqueness captivates and adds a varied note.
Cuish Jabali, bearing a 50% ABV, is a stellar output crafted meticulously by mezcalero José Santiago Lopez. The Jabali agave at its core presents a bright and bold character, a unique find.
The nose is an opening act of complexity, with sugary plum leading the charge. The palate follows suit, unveiling a blend of bright and bold notes, a journey from sweet initiation to a bold, lingering statement.
An excellent representation this expression is a solid choice for those chasing both authenticity and a taste adventure.
The nose presents a neat array of floral, mango, and brown sugar notes. On the palate, a blend of red fruit, mineral, and earthy tones emerge, with a hint of cinnamon and chocolate. The finish is short, yet the body maintains a roundness typical of Pechuga but lacks the “meaty” mouth. Despite the brief finish, the complexity and bold flavors make it a worthy sip, especially for those new to the mezcal realm.
This bottle was 48.65% abv coming in with the green, herbaceous bright vegetal notes. Perhaps the abv, but this had a stronger and more pronounced burn with less flavor concentration than other Tepeztate I’ve tried. This was served in a shot glass vs. a wide copita so perhaps that contributed to the burn.
This was my first time trying a Cupreata – mild floral notes, incredibly light almost watery. The low abv is felt immediately but can feel diluted, longing for more nuanced flavors. Nice to have but I likely won’t return for this batch.
This was my first Alto – what a departure from the familiar. Watermelon jolly rancher punches through strong. Light and floral on the nose with a bit of a bite. Very refreshing and unique.