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Rey Campero Chato

Sep 16, 2023

Great nose, soft, sweet baked goods. This is creamy bright and delicious. Snickerdoodle cookie, melon and cayenne pepper

Vago Tobala en Barro

Sep 2, 2023

May 2019. This is bursting with flavor. The nose is rustic but bright. Sweet, rich and fruity. Could drink this forever.

Palomas Mensajeras Chino

Aug 18, 2023

Jan 2018. Picked this batch up at Palomas Mensajeras. They’re making some great mezcal, some of the best I’ve had from Michoacán. Beautiful nose on this, it’s tropical and inviting. This is soft with big flavors of tropical fruits and cocoa. It has a creamy long finish.

Del Maguey VIDA Puebla

Aug 18, 2023

Very light flavor here. It does have tropical fruits and it’s sweet. Not very smokey. Would be a good alternative to regular vida for cocktails.

Nocheluna Sotol

Aug 9, 2023

Was surprised at this, it’s good. Has good flavor for 43% but a little watery. It’s minty, grassy, & peppery.

Chacalo Lineño

Aug 5, 2023

Vol 5. Lote 005. Oct 2021. Bottle 39/248. The batch was fermented in wood tanks, they also have batches fermented in stone.
One of my favorite offerings from Chacolo. Nose has juicy citrus, & fresh rain. This is a delicate mezcal. The palate reminds me of lemon meringue pie. The finish is long, is a bit perfumed and dry.

Vago Mexicano – Joel Barriga

Aug 5, 2023

I was excited to try this and oh boy was it a let down. The nose was pure gasoline and the palate was, well the same. I couldn’t pick up any pleasant notes. It might need a long time resting. Skip this one.

5 Sentidos Cuascomite

Apr 8, 2023

This has a creaminess with dark fruits. Tasty Cupreata. Enjoy it.

Marfa Spirits Sotol (90 Proof)

Mar 30, 2023

A tasty one! Grass and mint dominate. Feels like a classic sotol and better than I expected

Casa Manglar Espadin

Feb 17, 2023

Decent espadin. Vanilla & green apple flavors. Fresh river water. It’s not hot or bad.

Cuentacuentos Tepeztate – Everardo Garcia Salvador

Feb 10, 2023

Sweet peppers and some lavender on the nose. Similar to aromas on Everardo’s madrecuixe. This has a sweet minerality with some pepper spice. It also has a candied grape quality. I enjoy the long lasting finish. I have this ahead of Everardo’s tobala but behind his madrecuixe. RIP.

Casa Manglar Espadin y Tobala

Feb 2, 2023

I get the felt marker on the nose. Tart palate with a spicy/ chemical finish. It’s neutral to me but I can’t really say there is anything I like about it.

Eterna Libertad

Jan 29, 2023

Batch from Ejutla. Fresh mint leaves and citrus fruit on the nose. Palate has orange zest, mint and a dry quality. As been said the finish isn’t very pleasant.

Hop Mez

Jan 27, 2023

This is pretty unique. I didn’t have an IPA next to me with this but I see how it would be complimentary. Hoppy agave on the nose. The finish has the bitter quality you’d expect.

Aguerrido Zacate Limon – Doña Erika

Jan 17, 2023

2021 batch. This is a left turn from all of the other Aguerrido offerings because it’s distilled with lemongrass. On the nose, I get lemon cookies. The palate is similar, spicy lemongrass bomb. The lemongrass overrides the other cupreata notes. This is more of a novelty mezcal for me, unique and enjoyable, but wouldn’t need a full bottle.

Aguerrido Cupreata – Don Tomás

Jan 17, 2023

There are two batches of this out, 2021 and 2017. The 2017 will be pricier.
Batch 2017. This might be the best Aguerrido offering. This has nuance that’s hard to describe, it changes in the bottle. I get creamy coffee notes on the nose and palate. This is also green and tropical. I get some anise flavors as well.

Batch 2021 This is a surface level version of the 2017. It has a shorter finish and the flavors aren’t as pronounced but it’s still delicious.

Aguerrido Cupreata – Don Antonio

Jan 17, 2023

2021 batch. Been a huge fan of Antonio’s juice, he makes consistent, delicious mezcal, bombed with flavor. This one isn’t too far from his espadin in terms of flavor. I get green apples, hazelnut, and coffee on the palate. It is soft and has delicious dark flavors.

Aguerrido Cupreata – Don Refugio

Jan 17, 2023

2021 batch. This is one of the more inexpensive Aguerrido bottles, definitely worth picking up if you want to get into cupreata. The nose is bright and fruity. On the palate I get pineapple and lime. The finish isn’t as robust and long as some of the other Aguerridos.

Aguerrido Cupreata – Vicencio y Gabina

Jan 17, 2023

Batch from 2021. Vincencio is the grandson of the late Ciro Barranca, I’ve loved Ciro’s cupreata so I was excited to try this. On the nose I get sweet baked goods. The palate is green, candied caramel apples with chocolate notes. It’s soft and approachable with a long finish. One of the best from the Aguerrido line.

Aguerrido Cupreata – Don Benigno

Jan 17, 2023

Batch from 2015. This is the highest-priced Aguerrido and one of their bests. On the nose get grape and flan. The taste to me is explosive grape and cherry candy flavor. The finish is long and complex, the resting in glass for years makes this soft on the palate. This isn’t what your typical cupreata taste like. Definitely give it a try.

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