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NETA Bicuixe – Celso Garcia Cruz

Jan 26, 2021

Nose of spiced fruit with light smoke – smells great.
Tropical fruits, clove, spice and white pepper on the palate.
Long finish as Mansson had said which is warming and delightful.
Definitely a lot going on in terms of flavour, but very well balanced and thoroughly enjoyable.

Lalocura Cuishe

Jan 26, 2021

Very balanced and complex. Creamy mouthfeel. Standard Lalo territory from the off.
On the palate, it soars between savoury herbs, sweet grapefruit, clove, five spice, wet stone and clay; and it keeps on giving.
As usual, when it’s on the shelf and you’re not in the mood for anything in particular, you reach for the Lalo. It never lasts as long as you want, but you also never regret it.

Real Minero Marteño

Jan 21, 2021

Nose has hints of wet stone, earth, sage and clay.
On the palate, a mint and eucalyptus sensation is preceded by a nuance of earthiness, nut, fruit, wet leaves, mineral and clay. Rich and delicious. A finish reminiscent of the Lalo SM. Really good stuff!

Lalocura Tobasiche

Jan 21, 2021

Lovely creamy texture on the palate. Sweetness hits first – agave with notes of vanilla, chocolate, sage, clove, then evolves to more mineral with a clay backdrop to it all. A nice finish with a touch of mint and spice lingering.
Really hard to ignore this bottle in the cupboard. As others have said, when you’re not sure what you’re in the mood for, this always works. Goes down like a dream.

El Destilado Tobaziche – Berta Vasquez

Jan 21, 2021

Subdued but pleasant enough nose, light fruit, slightly floral. Very light on the palate, agave sweetness dominates, touch of mineral. Slides down easy. Not a bad mezcal but lacks depth for me.

Sin Gusano Tobaziche – Amatengo

Jan 21, 2021

Agave with a hint of vanilla on the nose. Crisp and dry on the palate, vegetal notes, grass, light sweetness with a nutty element to it.
At 57% ABV it clearly packs a punch, but it’s not overly hot.

Leyenda Cenizo (Durango)

Jan 21, 2021

Fruit and mineral nose, touch of vinegar.
Palate is light and buttery with tropical fruit, black pepper, hint of salinity and a smokey tail.
Enjoyable.

Leyenda Ancho (Guerrero)

Jan 21, 2021

Funky cheese nose with a tinge of orange peel and herbs.
Nice sweetness on the palate, massively dominated by fruit – citrus, peach, melon, papaya. Creamy texture, touch of salinity. Perhaps lacks something to balance the fruit but this one surprised me. The best from the Leyenda samples I tried.

Leyenda Espadin (Oaxaca)

Jan 21, 2021

Sour but intriguing nose, bit of funk to it.
Palate is smooth, but light on flavour. A bit watery as others have said. Hint of citrus, salt, light smoke, but very flat. Not a sipper.

NETA Tepextate – Hermógenes Vásquez

Dec 17, 2020

Not sure what mezcalphd was drinking but it wasn’t this.. This stuff is the absolute nuts.
The best Tepeztate I’ve ever tried and maybe the best mezcal I own right now.
Nose is intoxicating – so fresh and green with mint, lavender, mineral and floral notes.
On the palate, flavours bounce around all over the place – pear, mint gum, cinnamon, earth, chalk. For something so deep, it’s amazing how light and silky it is.
Just can’t stop drinking it and I’m not sure how you could improve on it.

Flor del Desierto Sierra

Dec 17, 2020

This stuff is incredible.
Such a fresh, green nose of lettuce, asparagus, garden herbs.
Those flavours come on the palate too but liven up with eucalyptus, aniseed and clove, set against a clay backdrop and very subtle sweetness.
So unique and interesting, it keeps you coming back.

Real Minero Barril

Dec 17, 2020

Clay nose with vanilla and agave, soft.
Dry earth, clay, wet stone, banana.
Smooth, nice finish, no burn.

Sin Gusano Tobala – Sola de Vega

Dec 17, 2020

Really tasty. Almost a ‘crema de Tobala’ with cooked, unfermented agave added to the boiling chamber before the 2nd distillation.
The palate is smooth, creamy, sweet with an earthiness from the clay.

Sin Gusano Mexicano – Sola de Vega

Dec 17, 2020

Delicious.
Cooked agave is added to the chamber for the 2nd distillation, and it adds a subtle extra sweetness which makes this incredibly easy to drink!
Tried a few Mezcals from Sola de Vega now and I like what’s coming out of there.

Clande Sotol (Green)

Dec 3, 2020

Wow, love this stuff. So fresh!
Unique palate – green, grass, mineral and vegetal notes bounce around the mouth with mint, aniseed, pear and cardamom with a long, tingling, slightly peppery finish.
Every time I go back to it, I enjoy it more. It might be the best bottle of anything I have on the go at the moment. Transformative.

Rey Campero Jabali

Nov 19, 2020

Nose dominated by nail polish at first, but opens up with air with more fruit coming through.
Hints of sour and saltiness initially on the palate, which give way to more sweetness and vegetal tones.
Find it hard to depict all the flavours, seem to change with each visit to the bottle and each sip. That draws me back to the bottle.
I don’t get the sweet fruit notes that others have cited on this batch, but it’s light, bright and tasty all the same.

Del Maguey Wild Papalome

Nov 19, 2020

An interesting alternative to most mezcals I’ve been tasting recently.
Leather, earth, clay, stone and smoke. Hint of black olive with agave. Dark and mysterious. Alluring.
45%

Del Maguey Tobala & Espadin

Nov 19, 2020

Delicious.
Fruity without being overly sweet – pineapple, mango, earthiness, some smoke and a light pepper kick – very complex and full of flavour but still light and super smooth. Smells great too!
They should probably revisit this one. As others have said, you could sip it all day… if you could find a big enough bottle.

Del Maguey San Pedro Taviche

Nov 13, 2020

Green on the nose with citrus. Orange peel, spice, agave and metallic on the palate.
A little bit hot on the finish, but still a nice mezcal.
49%

Del Maguey San Luis del Rio Azul

Nov 13, 2020

Quite a bitter aftertaste to this one which was hard to get past.. Up front it’s ok, light mouthfeel with orange peel and clove, but then you get a saline, slightly metallic, bitter flavour. Does have a touch of Chichicapa about it, but nowhere near the same level in my opinion.
47%

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