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Lalocura San Martinero, Tobasiche, Espadin

Nov 14, 2020

Lalo is the GOAT and this batch is another example of why he’s the best. A delicious fall flavored offering dialed in to perfection.

NETA Madrecuixe – Tomás García Cruz

Nov 14, 2020

This is a work of art. Black pepper, pizza dough, umami. I’m loving these mixtapes and it’s not a competition, but if I was to rate, Vol. 1 goes to Lalo, and this bottle from NETA won Vol. 2.

Bonete Raicilla Costa

Sep 7, 2020

This is magic. Cinnamon, nutmeg, honey, coriander, earthiness like it was distilled in clay pots. Reminds me of cuishe in some ways. Incredible.

Real Minero Largo, Becuela

Jul 29, 2020

Solid Mezcal. Earthy and robust agave. The clay distillation comes through nicely, and ends with peppery spice. Does not disappoint, which is what I’ve come to expect with Real Minero.

El Jolgorio Tepeztate

Jul 29, 2020

I’ve read Jonny’s reviews about some Del Maguey Mezcals matching the art on the bottles, and that immediately came to mind when tasting this offering from El Jolgorio. The art on the bottle matches the psychedelic symphony on the pallet. Truly wonderful and a testament to the diversity of Mezcal.

Lalocura Cuishe

Jul 29, 2020

Amazing! Caramel, cream, herbs, clay, and citrus. Perfect for an after dinner, digestif!

Lalocura Pechuga

Jun 16, 2020

Lot: D-01-19 / Tobasiche-Espadin. This is some incredible juice! Banana, nuts, molasses, cinnamon, earthiness from the clay, slight roast, and new revelations with each sip. Every flavor has its place without ever being overly present. Thank you Lalo!

Vago Elote – Aquilino García López

Jun 14, 2020

I drank this at my first dine in post coronavirus lockdown, and the restaurant’s hand sanitizer was especially fragrant that day, so I wasn’t able to get a good read on the nose. That said, cowboys aren’t sniffing their drinks to profile and this mezcal is straight out of a western. Bold and packing heat, with a toasted corn finish for good measure. Giddy up!

Del Maguey Wild Jabali

Jun 14, 2020

My first jabali and it didn’t disappoint. Unlike any other mezcal I’ve tried – finely focused fruit, floral, sweet and sour finish. Great to have among other mezcals, but not my “go to” for the entire evening.

Mezcalosfera con Mango y Chile Habanero – Margarito Cortés

Jun 14, 2020

Two releases made there way into the US as of 7/20 – a 46% and 53%. I had the latter, and it was fantastic. The mango really comes through in such a unique, natural way, and the habanero adds a nice, spicy finish. Highly recommend trying this – truly one of a kind.

Del Maguey Pechuga

Jun 14, 2020

Elegant and balanced from start to finish. Black pepper, tamed espadin, light smoke, and chicken meat. A real class act.

Mal Bien Tobaxiche

May 22, 2020

The Ramos family has done it again! Hard to believe this is 54%. Not as bright as the Verde, but the vegetal notes are very present, spearmint, vanilla, and an extremely well balanced spicy/smokey finish. This is a home run.

Del Maguey Chichicapa

May 22, 2020

Awesome! Citrus, bbq, smokey, hint of vanilla. A lot of heat for 46%, but the lack of smoothness is made up by its complexity.

Mal Bien Verde – Ramos

May 22, 2020

Very impressive! Bright, green, vegetal, spicy, and well rounded. Doesn’t change but in a good way. This is very well made and, for the price, it’s punching above its weight class.

Vago Mexicano – Aquilino

May 22, 2020

Very well made Mexicano by master mezcalero Aquilino Garcia Lopez. Floral, earthy, and spicy with some heat, rich caramel, and a sweet finish. Complex and inviting.

Real Minero Tobala

May 22, 2020

This is a serious mezcal. It commands attention and takes you on a journey with every sip. Fruity, floral, earthy, and flavors I can’t identify yet. It’s complex and wonderful.

Verde Momento

May 22, 2020

Great for what it is – a solid mixing mezcal. Smoke cuts through, nice agave flavor, sweet finish. Good to have around if you ever make cocktails.

Mezcalosfera Madrecuixe – Don Job

May 21, 2020

Lot 04USA-19. It takes tremendous will power and discipline to drink this slowly. Nose: vanilla, green apples, mesquite, smoke. On the pallet the smoke is up front, but minerality quickly takes over and stays throughout, followed by peppers and a long sweet finish. Very, very enjoyable.

Mal Bien Arroqueno – Cortes

May 16, 2020

The karwinski misprint reminds me of some old vinyl records that were mispressed, and now being sold as rare collectibles. Agree with Mike’s review – the nose is reserved, the flavor is simplistic but extremely high quality. In addition to vanilla, slight vegetal notes, and smoke, there’s a deep raw honey flavor I really enjoy. This is a top quality mezcal from the world renowned Cortes family.

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