JAI-BAR-001. 58.9% abv.
Wow, for a nearly 60% mezcal, this drinks like 40% but with sooo much flavor. Incredible complexity in this one with so many different dessert qualities like baked bread, vanilla cupcakes with sprinkles, apple cake, sugar cookies, etc. But the bakery sweetness is nicely balanced with herbal, woody, ginger, mint, and green pepper. This is a banger of a mezcal. Maguey Melate hit this one out of the park. 9+/10
Batch ILD-JAB-001. 56.1% abv.
Incredible aroma of sandlewood and collard greens with some vanilla and orange in the background.
Taste has turnip greens, cedar, chocolate croissant, allspice, and so many complex flavors.
Overall I love how different this is than anything else I’ve ever tried. It’s one of the most complex but well balanced mezcals. 9/10
50ml sample. I get pineapple and anise in the aroma along with wet grass and granite. Taste is great with so much vanilla and grape big league chew balanced by sage and licorice and a pepper spice with some meatiness. Incredible Jabali – so complex and tasty! Overall 9/10
Batch: SIL-MAD-001 Bottle 713. 47.4% abv.
Peanut shells in the aroma along with wet grass and freshly picked green beans. Tastes like I’m licking a piece of granite, but in a good way. Nice earthiness and walnut flavor with some watermelon and basil. Nice sweetness level here too – not too sweet but complements the flavors nicely. Overall 8.5/10
I love the smell of this one – a bit of lactic funk, but with a strawberry aroma it reminds me of a nice cheesecake with strawberries on top. I also get some cotton candy and candy apples on the aroma. On the taste I get some parmesan and blue cheese, peppermint, and hatch chili with a nice cherry and peach sweetness. I love the combination of funky cheese and fruit with this. Not for everyone, but I dig it! 9/10
Not much on the nose, maybe a hint of granny smith apples. On the taste, it has an interesting dried fruit flavor but pretty one dimensional. I’m not picking up much apple, but I get unripe strawberries with a bunch of sugar. Very sweet mezcal, probably from the apples. It opens up nicely and the fruit flavors meld together better after an hour or so in the glass, so I recommend letting this on open up a bit. Overall 7/10.
Batch ADE-MAD-001 (56.7% abv). I’m very happy I got the higher abv batch as this is an incredibly good mezcal. I don’t pick up the higher abv – it’s not harsh at all. The vanilla and fruit and bubblegum flavor just explodes out of this. It’s very sweet, but I like that in a mezcal. A hint of BBQ smoke rounds out the sweet vanilla and tutti frutti flavors. Nice long finish. A nearly perfect mezcal – 9.7/10.
50ml sample bottle.
Aroma: candied orange, raisins, mint, and a faint tobacco/nice cigar smell
Taste: Mmmm, mexican chocolate with orange bitters, leather, golden raisins, and a hint of someone smoking a really nice cigar. There is a lingering green pepper and olive savory note in the finish along with brown sugar sweetness.
Overall this is a fantastic mezcal and I feel like I’m getting spoiled with my first taste of a Coyote. 9.5/10
Nose: New car smell, bright citrus, bananas.
Taste: Orange julius, vanilla, leather, grass, green pepper, mint.
Big, thick mouthfeel and a finish that goes on for minutes.
Overall this is a great mezcal, and my first Jabali. I really dig the complex sweet, savory, earthy flavors in this. As I keep coming back for more sips, I pick up more and more notes in this flavor. It’s perfectly balanced and doesn’t lean too sweet, too savory, or too earthy/grassy. It’s just a really great mezcal. 9/10
I wasn’t sure what to think about this one at first, as it has a weird smoked cheese note at first. However, after a few sips, I get this great strawberry cream cheese flavor mixed with green bell pepper and cinnamon. The sweet, creamy, and savory combination really works here, and I have been enjoying it more and more as it opens up. I’ve never had anything like this, as it’s such a unique taste, but I love it. 8.5/10
Lot S-19-EBCSNM-20; Espadin, Barril, Coyote, Sierra Negra, Mexicano blend at 52.3% abv.
Has a muted aroma, mostly of clay pots and alcohol with a hint of grass. Taste is very heavy on the clay pots and earth. There is also a nice blackberry and blueberry note, but it’s hard to get past the clay pot flavor. Harsh finish with a significant alchohol burn with licorice in the finish. As I continue through the dram, the taste does improve a bit and the clay turns into an earthiness with some tropical fruits in the finish. Overall 5/10 and not my favorite of the recent Vago releases.
This was my first bottle of mezcal, and it’s an excellent way to start. It’s got a nice citrus taste with a hint of basil and mint and a slight peppery kick at the end. It’s sweet, but not overly sweet – more like a kiss of honey on the finish. I also get a bit of tropical fruit, but mostly lime and grapefruit. Very good oily mouthfeel and only a hint of smoke – slightly charred pineapple with bacon. Goes down way too easy, and I keep going back for more. Overall 8/10.