Light, citrusy, and piney. A bit different but I enjoy it. It wouldn’t be a typical go-to for me because I usually like something that packs more of a punch. However, it still has a good amount of flavor for being a lighter mezcal. If you’re trying more than one mezcal in the same night you’ll want to drink this one early on. I could also see this being a good introductory mezcal to someone who might shy away from a stronger, smokier drink.
I bought Puntagave’s Sotol first and it was decent but didn’t blow me away. I was somewhat hesitant to try the Raicilla since it’s a bit more expensive but Puntagave says it’s their “In house favorite” so I decided to give it a shot. I was NOT disappointed. I haven’t tried a lot of Raicillas that I’m crazy about but I really enjoy this one. It packs a ton of flavor. Fruity, creamy, and a very distinct but pleasant cheesy aftertaste. I definitely recommend giving this one a shot.
This is one of the better espadins I’ve tried and a it’s a great mezcal for the price. Full of flavor but not much alcohol bite. It has some peppery and citrus flavors with a little bit of sweetness. I’ll definitely buy this one again.
Fruity and floral with some caramel or butterscotch on the finish. I really enjoy this one. This is the only Mayalen I’ve been able to get my hands on but the 54% alcohol isn’t noticeably hot to me. This is definitely one of the best cupreata’s I’ve had for the price. I would definitely recommend trying it.
I stumbled up this mezcal while searching through this website and I’m so glad that I did. The other reviews are spot on. This is super unique and an incredible value at less than $40 a bottle. It’s extremely approachable and floral. Almost minty in flavor with a vanilla finish that lingers. I’ll be buying this again for sure. My 3.5 star review is only a representation of taste. It’s easily 5/5 stars if you factor in value.
The bottle I have right now is by Joel Barriga in May of 2019. I absolutely love this espadin. It has a rich, dark, and fruity flavor to it that reminds me of a fruit-forward dark roast coffee. I have also had Aquilino’s espadin and although different, I’m a big fan of his as well. I’d like to get a bottle of Emigdio’s and Tio’s en barro espadin to try them all since they all seem to produce such great mezcals at an affordable price.
Edit: I was able to pick up a bottle of Emigdio’s espadin recently. I’m extremely impressed. Definitely a bit different. It has more of an herbal/vegetal taste than Joel Barriga’s. The mouthfeel is noticeable viscous as well. Tons of flavor. You definitely can’t get much better than this for the price if at all.
I have had several of Tio’s ensambles and I enjoy all of them. The one I’m drinking at the moment is 42% Espadin, 27% Arroqueno, 20% Coyote, and 11% Mexicano. It definitely has that earthy clay taste to it but it’s not overpowering. It has some nice spice notes and a caramel finish that shines through. The price of these ensambles are extremely reasonable and always keep me coming back for more.