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El Jolgorio Pechuga Navideña

Mar 5, 2022

Edition: 12
Harvest: 2018
Bottle: 83/800
ABV: 48%

Black bottle beauty. Much more subtle than expected in every way. Nose is faint with aromas of house paint, rued red fruit, and pine wood. Taste is clean and light. Aloe, white whiskey, and juniper. Medium-light on the palate. Bonus points for exceptional smoothness.

Los Vecinos del Campo Espadin

Dec 4, 2021

Lot# MV2021ESP02
90 proof

Vegetal aroma when it first hits the copita but on closer inspection it’s heavily smoky like smoldering mesquite wood. Taste is very clean, minerally at first and less smoke than the nose would suggest. Light on the palate with a dry finish. A fair amount of alcohol burn given the ABV. Enjoyable to drink.

Esfuerzo Tobalá

Nov 19, 2021

Strong aroma of buttercream frosting on first pour with green herbs in the background. Taste is prominent Tobala. Bold agave flavor but with light smoke and lemon peel. Medium-full bodied. Not complex but an enjoyable pour.

Esfuerzo Tepeztate

Nov 19, 2021

Unusual nose of vinegar, freshly grated horseradish, and chipotle aioli. Taste is herbaceous and woody. Medium-full in the mouth; a nice palate. Flavors of smoke and a touch of plastic but not in a bad way if that’s possible. Parsley, mint leaf, and forest floor. It opens up nicely.

El Rey Zapoteco Pechuga

Oct 27, 2021

Aroma of Neopolitan ice cream. It’s hard to describe it any differently. Strawberry, cocoa, and dry roasted almond. The fragrance is like an ice cream sundae! Taste isn’t quite as bold. It’s got strawberry, raspberry, and roasted nut qualities but not nearly as much as the nose would indicate. Boozy and the finish is kind of flat at first but then flavors of spumoni ice cream creep in.

Campante Joven

Oct 22, 2021

Aroma of orange pith, fresh cut pine, and mint. Taste is minty and mineral forward with a bit more than a whisper of smoke. Medium bodied with a predominantly smoke finish. A little hot for the ABV level.

Amaras Reposado

Oct 22, 2021

Faint nose but what you do detect is smoky with fragrances of mesquite smoke and oak barrel. Light bodied and pretty simple. Very easy to sip. The crispness reminds me of a grape-based vodka like Ciroc. Slightly woody with faint caramel and smoke notes. A little boozy on the finish. A good mezcal for the reluctant newcomer or someone who wants to have a light sipper.

Banhez Espadin & Barril

Oct 20, 2021

LOT: BA00028EBA21
84 proof

Nose of peppermint, green hay, and wet clay. Very mild in the mouth but pleasing. Parsley, mint leaf, and seasoned firewood. Oily in the mouth but not overly viscous. Excellent value mezcal and a good one to introduce people to the spirit.

Mal Bien Papalote Reposado en Vidrio – Calzada

Oct 16, 2021

Batch 0318RC

Aroma of cactus, poached pears, crayon wax, and softwood smoke. Taste is very minerally with essence of underripe cantaloupe, parsley, and mint. Full in the mouth. Gets even better after the bottle has been open a few weeks. The exposure to air seems to open it up very nicely. Really enjoying this.

5 Sentidos Tobala – Atenogenes Garcia

Sep 18, 2021

Aroma of spicy green pepper, linen paper, and kindling smoke. Taste is bold and assertive. Green jelly bean, peppermint leaf, green juice, and a clean, but fragrant smoke. Viscous in the mouth and some alcohol heat lingers for a long time. Powerful, yet restrained. This keeps getting better and better every time I try it.

Vago Ensamble – Emigdio Jarquin Ramirez

Sep 12, 2021

This bottle is 64% cuishe, 32% espadín, and 4% tepeztate. Stone ground, copper still, 254 liters, distilled July 2020. El Nanche village in Miahuatlan. 51% ABV

Aromas of green banana, pine bark, and minerals. Taste is exceptionally smooth. One of the smoothest Vagos I can recall. Blanco vermouth with a pimento olive, toasted oak, and grass. Medium-full bodied but not lacking in any way. Minty finish.

La Luna Chino

Sep 12, 2021

Fragrant nose of cotija cheese, spicy green pepper, and papaya. Flavor is strawberry, fresh panela, and toasted soft wood. Full bodied and oily in the mouth. Smoke lingers a long time after the sip is gone.

Amaras Espadin

Sep 12, 2021

41% ABV
Lightly Smoky aroma that reminds of charred marshmallow and burnt mesquite. As itopens up, aloe Vera fragrance sneaks up. Taste is a little medicinal like Bactine spray at first but settles into a light smoke character with orange and lime zest. The citrusy character is nice and refreshingly enjoyable. Medium bodied and slightly oily in the mouth. Clean finish.

Sombra Joven

Sep 12, 2021

Sweet caramel nose with fragrances of light brown sugar and provolone. Light smoke. Taste is dirty martini with some light smoke. More than a little ethanol flavor and burn. Light bodied. Alcohol heat and faintly toasted oak linger on the palate.

Siempre Oaxaca Tepeztate

Sep 12, 2021

Siempre Oaxaca
Bold nose of plantains and starchy root vegetables. Flavor is strong as consistent with the style, cactus, green pepper, and a nice sweetness like a wildflower honey simple syrup at the end. Full bodied and warm on the finish. A great expression of this wonderful agave.

Siempre Oaxaca Pechuga

Sep 12, 2021

Siempre Oaxaca
Espadin Pechuga (Turkey with no fruit)
Very faint nose, I really need to get my nose into the copita to pick up the nuances. Notes of parsley and grass when I look for them. Flavor is light as well. I can taste the turkey breast most prominently followed by white pepper, and cilantro. Heat burn on the lips. Thin in the mouth. A little underwhelming compared to the varied flavors I have come to look for and enjoy in a pechuga.

Siempre Oaxaca Mexicano

Sep 12, 2021

Siempre Oaxaca
Fragrance hits you as you it drops into the copita. Sweet on the nose, caramel and butterscotch at first and notes of fresh pineapple emerge with some airtime. Flavor is more mineral than the nose would suggest. Aloe vera, black pepper, and medium heavy smokiness. A little heat and black pepper on the finish. Quite tasty.

Siempre Oaxaca Cirial

Sep 12, 2021

Siempre Oaxaca
Faint nose with aromas of white glue and underripe melon rind. Flavor is light, very mineral-forward like warm mineral water. Light on the palate with a touch of sweetness and a clean finish. Good for your friends who aren’t into very smoky mezcal and I think this would make a delicious mezcal negroni cocktail.

Siempre Oaxaca Barril

Sep 12, 2021

Siempre Oaxaca
Aroma of pepper flesh and green hay. Full in the mouth with a flavor that hits hard up front and stays around for a very long time. Initial taste is herbal and smoky and then alcohol heat fills the middle of the mouth and a numbing sensation takes over. The front of the tongue never loses the sweet and smoky flavor of the barril. A very nice expression for sure.

Siempre Oaxaca Espadin / Tobala

Sep 12, 2021

Siempre Oaxaca
Agave 75 Espadin/ 25 Tobala

Light nose with of bread crumbs, butter, and cream. Flavor is sweet and savory like Hawaiian ham with the pineapple and brown sugar. Lightly smoky with a medium palate and lasting finish. Tons of flavor for US$45.

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