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NETA Tepextate – Heriberto García Sánchez

Nov 29, 2020

Lot TPXHBG1906. Very green, raw, and vernal nose…… Aromas of raw potatoes, celery, and raw collard greens…… The palate is perfumed and coats the tongue……. Flavors are a 90 degree turn from the nose…. The palate has notes of dryer sheets, new cotton, and Febreze……… This is good but I would not want a bottle given the price……. I’d be disappointed had I purchased this…. There are much less expensive Teps on the market that I enjoyed much more than this.

Maguey Melate Chuparrosa

Oct 23, 2020

My expectations for this bottle were high, but upon opening the bottle, I got an immediate hit of strong diesel fumes….. That was a hard to get past, but the longer the mezcal sat in the glass, the more it mellowed…. Now that my bottle has been open (and capped) for a couple weeks, it’s all mellow now….. I get musty aromas like mildewed wood, gym socks, hemp, and yeast…. These are admittedly not my favorite aromas, but they’re better than the diesel…… The palate is very gasoline/diesel heavy. It’s also a bit acrid. Not a fan. ISA-CHU-001.

IZO Joven

Dec 22, 2019

Lots 001-18. Smells like seafood (shrimp, cod, and crawfish) and curry….. Pungent! Also aromas of dead goat and spoiled milk….. Taste like vomit….. Vomited hot milk. On a high note… Love the cap on the bottle! It’s made out of stone! Very cool. The mezcal: undrinkable. Couldn’t finish a half ounce pour.

Le Tribute Durango

Dec 22, 2019

Sorely disappointed in this one….typically love the buttery, umami-type feels and flavor from lots of Durango Cenizo mezcales, but this one just doesn’t hit the mark. It just has lots of smoke and not much else. Low complexity.

Mesh & Bone Sotol

Apr 21, 2019

38%. No lot number listed anywhere on the bottle. Smells like nothing. It literally smells like nothing. There no aromas. The palate is also almost nothing. There is no trace of flavor on the palate. This tastes like nothing. Bland. Tastes like zero. Nothing. Nothing at all.

Susto Mezcal Joven

Feb 24, 2019

Batch 01. Bottle 33/8064. At 8,064 bottles, this is a massive batch of mezcal and you can taste the difference….This is very unoffensive and not very interesting….The palate is a bit astringent with some notes of vanilla, honey, molasses, sulfur, spent fireworks, kerosene, and pencil erasers…Perhaps this is better in a cocktail, as I’m not enjoying this neat….I have no doubt that the producer is capable of making great mezcal, but this isn’t it. It tastes more like Tito’s Vodka than mezcal.

CLAN55 Espadin

Feb 21, 2019

Lot SJR08. Tough to drink…..lots of alcohol on the nose….aromas of nail polish, cleaning chemicals, and new rubber…..The palate is challenging….more notes of industrial cleaners, cocaine, and distilled potatoes….I generally enjoy puntas, but this doesn’t have a pleasant aspect to accompany the heat, it’s just hot.

Casamigos Mezcal Joven

Aug 29, 2018

Lot MJ18001. Gluten free! I’ve been looking for gluten free mezcal! Oh wait, isn’t ALL mezcal gluten free?! Yes. It is…. but really glad this brand pointed this out…. Upon opening the bottle, I sniffed the full bottle at its opening…It smelled completely empty…. I closed the cap, shook it up, and smelled again: still smelled empty…This has absolutely no scent at all….None….The palate?…. What palate?…. Each time I taste it, it gets worse….. It tastes like watered-down, sweaty, old gym socks…… The bottle is cool! But the mezcal is garbage and way overpriced…. If I could rate this less than 1 star, I would.

Corte Vetusto Espadin

Jun 8, 2018

Sweet aromas with a bit of smoke…somewhat watery with hints of broccoli, lettuce, and almonds….very soft and light….not a ton of character….probably better for cocktails than for sipping

Eterna Libertad

Jun 1, 2018

Tasted a sample of this that was floating around….not sure if it’s available in the US yet…. It was a batch from Ejutla made by Carlos Medina Gonzalez in 2015…Overall it was enjoyable…Strong aromas of cocoa….faint tasting notes of grapefruit, orange, lemon….Lots of subtle yet zesty fruit. Probably better in a cocktail.

Wahaka Jabali

May 25, 2018

Faint green asparagus and strong celery aromas….Slightly sweet on the nose with hints of cocoa…..On the palate, sharp with notes of carrots and charred sweet potatoes….Strong taste of burnt vegetables, Black pepper, and sugar….Feels like a much higher ABV than it actually is…very hot and sharp. Not my favorite Jabali.

Wahaka Madre-Cuishe

Mar 21, 2018

Lot PLENITUD 004….I loved this when I first tried it….I thought it was absolutely amazing and it still is very good….it’s extremely palatable and easy to drink…it’s very light and a bit watery, but probably a very good into mezcal for those that haven’t tried mezcal made with other types of agave….the madre is really soft and well rounded

Wahaka Tobala

Mar 21, 2018

Lot ORGULLO-10-AMM…Very faint aromas of coffee and chocolate….light and wispy…there’s nothing that will overpower the palate with this one….at 42% ABV it’s very easy and smooth….it has some nice notes of charred oak and leather….but notes are a bit distant….this is a nice mezcal for those that don’t like mezcal too hot or with too much alcohol flavor…this is perfect for that

Mala Idea Tobala

Mar 5, 2018

Lot 2…Aromas of fresh coffee, green peppers and caramel….the flavor is much different that the nose…but not bad though…a bit of metal and copper with pumpkin seeds and honey…this is my least favorite from this brand.

Mala Idea Cuishe

Mar 5, 2018

Lot 001…A very “Safe” cuishe…nothing to write home about, but also one you might serve to your grandmother…starts out with a lot of flavor that dies quickly…This is thin and watery especially in comparison to other cuishe mezcal from Santiago Matatlan, which I tested this against….Though it’s thin, there is a good amount of flavor at a nice price

Mala Idea Espadin Capon

Mar 5, 2018

Lot 001…Sweet agave aroma and flavor…Lots of cooked agave on this and incredibly sweet like sugarcane…or just confectionery sugar, not like candy…A bit thin in the mouth…slight hints of carrots and sweet potato…sweet root vegetables…everything about this is incredibly sweet.

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