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Chacolo Ixtero Verde

Mar 14, 2021

April 2020, Lote: 001?(of 2020 perhaps?), 121.5 L, Bottle 89/162, Vol. 7 Ixtero Verde Capon 3 años

The nose on this thing! A bit difficult to place all the aromas, but at first I was getting freshly ground peanut butter and boysenberry jam, then it evolved into piñuela and butterscotch before finally throwing in some strawberry lemonade?! Insane. The palate flavors are polar opposite, however: christmas gravy, umami, black pepper, BBQ sauce, and vinegar. Have not had anything like this in awhile.

Mezonte Michoacan

Mar 14, 2021

Lote 2, 2019, 300L

This is phenomenal! Nose is like a combo of a rubber garden hose that has been left in the sun and freshly mowed grass. Plenty of pineapple or other unspecified tropical fruit aromas as well, with some rawhide funk. Wet rose petals and lavender on the palate, with more pineapple and some faint baking spice/cinnamon. Mezonte knocks it out of the park yet again with this find! Very happy to have bought a bottle; one of my new favorites.

Maguey Melate Pechuga – Rodrigo Martinez Mendez

Mar 4, 2021

Aromas are very minty with a little petrol. Flavors of juniper berries, chilli-covered mango, and wine-poached pears, but lacking in balance and depth. Good, not great overall.

Lalocura San Martinero – Tobasiche

Mar 2, 2021

Spearmint and cinnamon. Wow. Super sweet on the nose, but spicy and hot on the palate. Some cherry liqueur on the back of the palate.

NETA Bicuixe – Jorge Vásquez Aquino

Mar 2, 2021

Yup, super crushable. Piñuela, roses, jolly ranchers, smoke, roasted green vegetables, and mint. Slightly sweet and smokey.

Maguey Melate Pulquero – Felix Hernandez Ruiz

Mar 2, 2021

Menthol, grass, lots of lime, and olives. I completely agree with everyone that mentioned the briny, vermouth qualities. Loads of salinity and acid. A bit on the sweet side, but not terribly so.

Lamata Masparillo Durango

Mar 2, 2021

Lot MAS-C 05-2019. Ok, @Rakhal hit the nail on the head: smouldering charcoal ash and roasted asparagus (or maybe grilled leeks?). This is complex with great acidity and salinity. There are some background notes of pine resin and fresh ground black pepper and parmesan cheese. Definitely evolves once it opens up a bit with oxidation.

Maguey Melate Espadin – Lidia Hernández Hernández

Feb 28, 2021

Minty and herbal up front – lots of pine, kaffir lime, and lavender soap. Things get a bit funkier on the palate with even more lavender, some lemon, and sea salt. Surprisingly not overly sweet even given the low ABV.

Maguey Melate Chuparrosa

Feb 28, 2021

Diesel, pinesol, acetone, and ammonia. Was really excited to try this, but it just is not for me. Unique, but very off-putting. Keep trying to come back to it, but can’t bring myself to finishing bottle.

Maguey Melate Cuixe – Juan Antonio Coronel Maya

Feb 28, 2021

This is not even remotely a normal cuixe! Not sure what this actually is, but it is definitely a sweet tropical fruit bomb. Nose is full of mango, grilled pineapple, and strawberry lemonade. Sweet and tangy on the palate with a definite sour funk to it. Interesting and unique.

Maguey Melate Arroqueno – Rosario Ángeles Vasquéz

Feb 28, 2021

Wow, super floral and sweet on the nose. A bit of cinnamon salt water taffy aroma. Huge mesquite, BBQ flavors on the palate. Some citrus elements hiding in the background. Salty and sweet with mouthwatering acidity.

Mal Bien Alto

Sep 27, 2020

Cotija cheese, refried beans, and bacon fat on the nose. Bit of something medicinal in the background that I can’t quite make out – somewhat Tiger Balm/menthol. More cheese and pork lard funk on the palate with some dill and pepper. Personally, this is not up my alley, but it is still high quality juice for those that prefer these notes.

Mal Bien Madrecuixe / Bicuixe / Coyote / Tepextate

Sep 27, 2020

Batch: 0319ER; 46.2% ABV

Nose of caramel, ripe papaya and pineapple, key lime, and tennis balls. Bright spearmint, cinnamon, bay leaves, and lavender. Some heat on the backend. Overall, some killer juice from the Ramos family as always.

Mal Bien Sierra Negra

Sep 27, 2020

Batch: 1219VFR (K&L Exclusive); ABV: 46.09%; Lot size: 48 L, w/ only 24 bottles imported.

The nose on this thing is just outstanding! Saltwater taffy meets pine, spice, and moscato grapes. Palate is more taffy with moscato and just a touch of coffee grounds. The woody, spice characteristics stick around for a bit as well. Delicious sierra negra. I still just slightly prefer the SN from Cinco Sentidos, but just barely. I still cannot believe there are only 24 bottles in the US; absolutely insane. This is a great bottle, especially given the price/rarity quotient.

NETA Espadin – Ranulfo Garcia Pacheco

Sep 22, 2020

Nose of marzipan, piñuela, nougat, and custard. Cinnamon and smoke on the palate, with a spicy finish. Sweet and thick, this is my favorite espadín to date! Really wishing there had been more than 100 liters produced.

Lalocura San Martinero, Tobasiche, Espadin

Sep 22, 2020

Baking spice and salt water. The cinnamon and carmalized sugars really shone through for me. Moderately sweet on the palate though, with hints of tart lime and smoke. A bit hot for me, but still highly polished as expected from Lalo. Solid stuff!

Mal Bien Madrecuixe / Bicuixe / Tepextate

Sep 19, 2020

Batch: 0319ER; 46.2% ABV

Nose of caramel, ripe papaya and pineapple, key lime, and tennis balls. Bright spearmint, cinnamon, bay leaves, and lavender. Some heat on the backend. Overall, some killer juice from the Ramos family as always.

Vago Espadin – Joel Barriga

Sep 16, 2020

September 2019, 748 L, 49.9% ABV

The nose is a bit reclusive, with moments of ocean breeze and sweet roasted agave and fruit. Spicy and bright on the palate with nice sweetness. Some mint and anise, but minimal. A bit hot, but not overwhelmingly so. Great roasted agave and saltwater taffy finish. A really solid bottle of espadín.

Vago Espadin – Emigdio Jarquin Ramirez

Sep 16, 2020

Lote: E-19-E-19

Nope. Not the espadín I’m looking for. Really unenjoyable experience alongside the fruitier, brighter batch from Joel Barriga. This has increasing notes of burnt rubber, plastic, wet rag, and chemical funk. Really not my cup of tea. Harsh and unappealing.

Mal Bien Tepextate – Cortes

Sep 12, 2020

Batch: unknown – Agave Mixtape Vol. 1; ABV: 45.89%

Nose is full of floral notes (gardenia?) with accompanying sugary, creme brûlée aromas. Somewhat reminds me of the aroma of the piñuela distillates from Rezpiral. There is also a salty, sea breeze element hiding in the back.

On the palate, there is a citrus note that I can’t quite place; it is somewhere between calamansi and citron. There is also a candied, artificial flavor bordering on “blue raspberry”. The finish is heavy on the saline, brine flavors.

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