Lot LSMA01. Aromas of chalk, copper, salt, bran, rolled oats, and vanilla cake. The palate is soft and delicate. Notes of lilac, eucalyptus, aloe, green tea, stewed vegetables, and chardonnay. This is nice and a step outside of what I’ve tasted from Cuentacuentos in the past.
Lot DS002-E+C. Aromas of gun powder, pencil lead, green apples, and iodine. The palate has notes of burnt potato skins, sage, cilantro, granny smith apple skins, and menthol cigarettes. There’s this earthy element to this, like when you can taste the soil on a carrot that is freshly pulled from the ground. There’s also a good amount of heat on the back of the palate.
Lot 01/19 from Alberto Vasquez. Smells floral with lots of slate. Aromas of fresh flowers, confectionary sugar, and apple cider vinegar. The palate has notes of root beer, sarsparilla, molasses, raisins, coffee grounds, and chocolate. This is dark and brooding. This is really solid.
Aromas of green olives, dry hay, smoked oysters, and soy sauce. The nose is salty. The palate is woody with notes of either plastic or metal. I can’t tell which, maybe both. That chemical flavoring is throughout the tasting experience. This is not my jam. No batch number on the sample.
Batch from Gilberto Roldan. Slightly sour fruit on the nose, but not much of that, very subtle. The palate is almost malty with more notes of dark fruit, and a grape soda or grape Jolly Rancher type note. There’s a bit of heat on this but it’s really pleasant and present on the palate. No batch number on sample.
Very aromatic. Aromas of cherry, peach, burnt toast, and honey. The palate is peppery. Additional notes of anise, aloe, mushrooms, celery, mint, and hemp rope. This is super approachable. Short finish. No batch number on sample.
Smells amazing. Highly and intensely aromatic. Aromas of cottage cheese, vanilla, and pineapple. The palate is coconut, cucumber, watermelon, vanilla, fresh peppercorns, campfire smoke. Perfumed finish. No batch number on sample.
Smells clean. Aromas of fresh green vegetables: lettuce, green pepper, and peas. The palate has notes of smoke, sherry, black pepper, cognac, caramel, chocolate, and slightly lactic. There’s also this odd umami thing going on. No batch number on sample.
Batch DS001-PQR. Bottle 465/799. Aromas of fermented cabbage, Korean kimchi, black pepper, asparagus, and mustard greens. The palate largely matches the nose but with some upfront sweetness with notes of jalapeño cream, fermented veggies, sweet mint, toffee, coffee beans, and caramel. This is wild and robust.
Batch pick for Suerte restaurant in Austin. Tasted of fresh strawberries, orange marmalade, and dried papaya. Additional notes of slate, cold sea salt breeze, and crushed mint leaves. Aromas of chalky minerals and raw dry earth. Soft and velvety for the high abv.
Batch OFF04. Aromas of slightly soured orange juice that’s been sitting out on the counter for too long, papaya, mango, and pineapple. Also smells a bit like fresh baked goods, like pastries just out of the oven. The palate mostly matches the nose, but with additional hints of smoked red meats. The sweetness and citrus are a really nice backdrop to the meatier notes on the palate. Long finish.
Batch from 05/2022. Bottle 06/50. This one smells like a dark, stormy night. Aromas of fallen rain, wet leaves, cloves, tobacco, bay leaves, and some light salinity. The palate has a very masculine musk, like Old Spice aftershave mixing with Bay Rum and Cuban cigars. This has a long finish and syrupy mouthfeel. The rawhide fermentation is an acquired taste, and I’ve had it for many years now. This is a beautiful mezcal.
Don Beni at his finest. Aromas of new tennis balls, freshly cut grass, dry hay, watermelon, dates, figs, and serrano peppers. The palate is bursting with flavor. Tasting notes of cantaloupe, honeydew melon, strawberry cream, dates, and cucumber. This is so soft and delicate in mouthfeel, yet intense, flavorful, and aromatic. I’m absolutely loving this.
There’s not much mezcal available out of Estado de Mexico, so this was a treat to taste. The nose is clean and has aromas of sugar cane, fresh flowers, and molasses. The floral element is similar to some tequilas that I’ve tasted, with a touch of freshly cut flowers mixing with vanilla and cooked agave. The palate has some nice minerality and notes of brown sugar and roasted malts. This is fine and I’ll enjoy the Melate bottle, but probably wouldn’t seek out a 2nd.
Lot BSG001 from April 2016. Is there anything better than a mezcal from Don Beni? The answer is no. This mezcal is perfect. Aromas of dark fruits like prunes, blackberries, and cherries. This also has this grape/wine type undertone on the nose mixing with additional aromas of lime and Old Spice aftershave. The palate has notes of watermelon, cantaloupe, orange vanilla, toffee, and green coffee beans. This is phenomenal.
Series 7. Berta’s mezcal is very hit-or-miss for me, and this one…. is a hit. This has aromas of dry herbs, like spearmint, thyme, and bay leaves. There’s also a slight hint of wood on the nose, but not like burning wood, more like living giant cane or bamboo. The palate has notes of toasted nuts, flaxseed, and rolled oats. There’s some faint smokiness, like a nice hand-rolled Peter Stokkebye Amsterdam Shag cigarette. A note of brand new basketballs also sit on the tongue through the finish. This is really nice.
Lot FAU-CUP-001. Smells impeccably clean. Some soft aromas of orange cream, mango, and papaya. The nose is rich with fruit and light creamy notes. The palate is slightly nutty, like roasted peanuts. Additional notes of caramel, cream soda, figs, raisins, and apricot. There’s a warm and medium finish. This is really delicate and beautiful.
This one just keeps getting better the longer it sits on my shelf. When I first opened this bottle it was quite sharp and dense, almost tasting like it was straight off the still and needed some time to rest. I’ve had the bottle for a month now, sipping on it two or three times, and the profile has dramatically changed. I get these aromas of the sweet hard candies you can buy at a movie theater with the hints of fruit, but mostly raw sugar like a Pixie Stick or Runts. The palate still seems like it has some evolution ahead of it, being a bit tightly wound, but it’s progressed substantially since opening. The palate is woody with notes of mesquite, pine, and frankincense. It’s also a bit perfumed with some nice lilac flavor. More notes of toffee, caramel, and sponge cake. I’m going to put this one on the back of the shelf as it keeps getting better with age, maybe grab a second bottle if I can.
Very subtle aromas white wine, olive oil, and a mix of berries… raspberries, strawberries, and blackberry. The palate is wild. The palate has a big wave of bright fruity sweetness on the front of the palate. That initial wave gives way to additional notes of grilled meats, teriyaki seasoning, burnt sage, and cherries. This is a wild one.
Aromas of brown sugar cookies, sourdough bread, wet fallen leaves, green moss, and old musty books. The palate has notes of apple crisp, cinnamon, clove, vanilla cake frosting, honeydew, and pumpkin. This is so soft and delicate. Long sweet finish. Lot DRMTCA-01.