Just enjoyed this yesterday at 21 Unica, a cantina here in San Miguel de Allende. I could have given it 4 stars because I’m indeed impressed. But the truth is I’ve become accustomed to direct-from-the-producer mezcal, which tends to be much more inspiring and delicious. So if I’m comparing this to the stuff I usually get, it’s 3 stars. But if we’re comparing it to most somewhat more mass produced mezcal, I think it deserves 4 stars. At 45% it just qualifies as artesanal in my view, but it’s still surprisingly soft for a 45 I think. I don’t necessarily consider “soft” to be among my favorite mezcal traits, but I know many do. Very nice flavor. It looks like a bottle is only about 1145 pesos here (only about $57 USD.) Of course I had to shell out 240 pesos ($12) for a shot, but hey…I want to do my part to keep local establishments going–especially those that offer decent mezcal. This is one.
As a previous reviewer put it, “it isn’t horrible.” I suppose a 1 star rating would be for something that, after sufficient tasting, is just disgusting.
Well again, this isn’t disgusting. Isn’t repugnant. Isn’t putrid.
You can oh-so-faintly detect some mildly pleasant flavors hiding very deep within this product. But I prefer not to work so hard. Maybe the 40% is a little better than this 37 I had today. But I’d guess a nice 45% would render it actually worthy of note.
For a starter mezcal I’d say 400 Conejos is somewhat better, with more flavor. ✌️
I’ve had this many times. The first time (about 4.5 years ago) was at a nightclub with my wife and another couple here in San Miguel de Allende. At the time I thought it might be the best Espadín I’d ever had, and was blown away by every sip. At least one time maybe a year later I found it disappointing. (Bar proprietor adding something to it? No se.) A few other times I’ve had it and found it pretty damn good. The essence of clay is balanced by a bit of sweetness. I’d say this is my favorite of the typically available Alipus offerings.
A friend bought a small bottle of this last night at a local place. The grado was 50.5. It was beautiful. Classic Tepextate flavor with plenty of “pop” from the grado. I could make a shot of this last an hour, taking only tiny besitos and really savoring it.
Most of us who’ve been mezcal lovers for awhile will sneer a bit at this one. But the truth is I think it’s the perfect starter mezcal. Yes, it’s far too light at 38%–and there’s nothing particularly special about it. But it is a decent, basic Espadín with a hint of smoke. Start here; then be prepared for mezcales that will absolutely make your face shine! 🙂
7 years ago when I first moved to Mexico I was introduced to amazing artesanal mezcal at a local festival in San Miguel de Allende. Not having been much of a liquor drinker, I was blown away and loved it instantly. Then I noticed another booth at the same festival. “More mezcal; great!” I thought. The first taste produced a shiver: It was repulsive. I almost threw it out, but no. I had to make sure it was as bad as I thought, so I sipped again. Every bit as bad. I guess I’ve had it 3 or 4 more times since then–always thinking, “Maybe I just didn’t taste it right?” But again no. I hope you love this stuff, I hope they make millions of dollars… I don’t want to leave such a bad review, but sincerely… I can’t understand how anyone would actually enjoy it. I’ve had some very good Salmianas here and there; this one is not one of them.