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Vago Mexicano – Aquilino

Jan 5, 2017

Lot A-37-M-14, 50.2% ABV. Peaches, Canela picosa, Crema Catalana; HOT & sweet pleasures galore.

Yuu Baal Tepeztate

Dec 22, 2016

After spending more time with this bottle, tar notes have become prominent. An initial aroma of unglazed clay pot remains, but tar is now evident in the background. Tar again shows up in the smoky finish with prominence. My tar impression is akin to unseasoned (green) mesquite wood smoke, which imparts creosote-like aromatics & flavor.

Yuu Baal Tepeztate

Dec 15, 2016

Batch: Y-108-16, 48% ABV. Initial aroma of clay flower pot and a hint of sandalwood. Dry herbal flavors with hot spice, cara cara orange, and elusive floral notes far-off in the background. This mezcal had an overall dry character I liked at first, then over time turned to an unappealing tar.

Gracias a Dios Gin

Dec 8, 2016

GAD-G 1438, 45% ABV. Warmth, minerality, herbs & spices (lots of them), lavender flowers, licorice, juniper berries, smoke, agave sweetness, finishing with Chinese five-spice, baked agave, Lampong peppercorns, light smoke, and delicate sweetness. Three star rating qualifiers: subdued agave for one, and while infusions are not new in the mezcal world, this is an over-the-top novelty. However, it is also deserving of four stars for drinking straight enjoyment compared to grain based gins, and five stars for fun!

Del Maguey San Pablo Ameyaltepec

Nov 30, 2016

Beautiful, exotic, elegant, fragrant. Sweet, savory, soft, yet crisp, the finish is delicately sweet, creamy, and floral. I love the aroma of blooming lilacs remaining in an empty glass. There’s not a single harsh note to San Pablo Ameyaltepec; this is a very delicious mezcal.

Alipus Ensamble

Nov 26, 2016

HONEY, green olive brine, sea salt, agave, ripe banana, grapefruit, smoke. Almost four stars for me.

Mezcalero No. 12

Nov 25, 2016

Sweet, fruity, hint of citrus & pine, light smoke, and characteristic touch of copper on tip of tongue; viva Michoacán! The downside over time, top-heavy sweetness mutes other pleasures within.

Mezcalero Special Bottling No. 2

Nov 23, 2016

Initial nose of butterscotch over agave, tastes of almond and baking spices folding into cucumber & fresh cut asparagus, a thread of minerality throughout, nectar sweetness plus the wildflowers that go with it overlay all. Its very pleasant aftertaste is icing the cake. I don’t detect smoke till the glass is empty. This is a delightful mezcal.

Vago Tepeztate – Aquilino Garcia Lopez

Nov 22, 2016

Lot A-08-T-16, 53.1% ABV, Aquillino. Minerality, green grapes, green olives, green chilies, light floral background, smoked brisket, prickly pear BBQ sauce, leather, campfire smoke. Spicy & substantial; more food like than beverage. A wonderful mezcal.

Vago Madre Cuixe – Emigdio Jarquin Ramirez

Nov 21, 2016

Lot E-03-MC-16, 51.6% ABV, Emigdio. Viscous mouthfeel, mint, grilled fruit, dried juniper berries, sweet smoke and star anise on the finish, agave sweetness throughout. This is a very good Mezcal. My wife and I sometimes differ on flavor likes, not for this Mezcal; I like it a lot, she’s passionate about it. We became instant Emigdio fans with the first sip.

Vago Cuixe – Aquilino Garcia Lopez

Nov 20, 2016

Lot A-21-C-15, 52.1% ABV, Aquilino; this was not an easy-drinker. I had to focus to find rewards. Initial impressions of ethereal solvents and Gitanes Brunes were hard to reconcile with the marvelous agave characteristics deep within. Toward the end of this bottle’s life, wonderfully complex agave flavors moved forward. This Mezcal expression was BOLD.

Alipus Destilado en Barro (San Miguel Sola)

Nov 14, 2016

Leonardo – funk, earth, clay; not the sweet side of Espadin or Arroqueno. I give it four stars for its strength of character, but would give it three and a half stars if that option were available. To be clear, I like funk, it is a good thing.

Pierde Almas Tobaziche

Nov 12, 2016

After resting for years in a store’s inventory, cedar notes toned down a bit, fruit & anise flavors moved foreword, smoke is still there, and its long complex & sweet finish lasts into next week. This is a gem from the past.

Gracias a Dios Tepextate

Nov 12, 2016

The lighter side of Agave Tepextate. It’s an easy drinker due to low ABV and simple flavor profile; somewhat metallic finish though.

Vago Ensamble en Barro

Nov 12, 2016

Five stars for Lot S-01-CME-16, 78% Coyote/18% Espadin/4% Mexicano; 52% ABV. Warm, bright, dry spices, hint of sandalwood, delightfully sizzles on the tongue, sweet on the lips.

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