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Ilegal Joven

Nov 19, 2021

(Batch 104 161, Bottle 08846/10080 2020-2021)
Gentle on the nose, slightly vegetal with a subtle pepper spiciness and plenty of sweetness. Notes I get are eucalyptus, green apples, white pepper, a hint of candied pineapple, and a whisper of smoke. The entry on the palate is mild and sweet, but it quickly heats up with cayenne pepper then shifts to sugared grapefruit. Somewhat thin in texture, with very quick yet fat legs. The aftertaste is a little bitter and dry with a touch of alum, but finishes with a lingering grassy sweetness, smoke, and a pinch of fennel. This would be a great bottle to introduce someone to Mezcal for the first time.

Sacrificio Tobala

Aug 2, 2021

A gentle nose with mild sweet fruity notes, some mamey sapote, caramelized pumpkin, bitter almond, a touch of vanilla, green notes of aloe, some dried basil, and cheese stuffed green olives in brine. On the tongue smoke comes through, full and ashy. Mostly sweet though, flavors include agave nectar, fire roasted sweet peppers, sweet potato, but also a spicy hint of black pepper, and even a little fresh mint. The body is full and viscous, coating the mouth nicely with an almost syrupy feel. The legs in the glass are pretty nice too. The long finish is semidry with a lingering sweetness but plenty of minerals, some acetone, mango peel, licorice root or sarsaparilla, and the slightest hint of charred oak. This Tobala is definitely one of the sweetest mezclas I’ve tasted, and certainly uniquely flavored compared with Espadin.

Yuu Baal Espadin

May 17, 2021

Batch:YJ16-18, Bottle:884/3840
This one has a lot of funk on the nose at first, with lots of sharp briny cheese, and even bit of rotten agave. Given time to breathe, the aroma softens and sweeter scents appear including sweet pickled cherry peppers, and a hint of smoked pineapple. There’s also a note of agave syrup, as well as a dusting of white pepper, and some rock salt. The flavor is sweet and spicy with some dry minerality. The sweetness fades rather quickly with faint licorice and citrus evaporating from the palate while cayenne lingers. The body is a bit thin, even watery. The finish is all wet slate but for a whisp of smoke from the charred agave.

Vago Espadin – Joel Barriga

Dec 13, 2020

Production date: May 2019
Batch size: 988 liters
I found the nose to be inviting with a funky sweetness to it like queso blanco in whey with sweet anisette. There’s also a vegetal note reminiscent of the leaves of a pepper plant. On the tongue it’s sweet, clean agave, some heat from the relatively high ABV (50.8%) and quite peppery with a touch of woodsmoke. It has a nice viscous mouthfeel but is relatively light bodied. The finish is caramelized cane sugar, soft lingering charcoal, and slightly damp slate. Very interesting and satisfying.

Montelobos Espadin

Sep 2, 2020

A nose of roasted green peppers, burnt mild white cheese, a touch of mineral, and a hint of sugar water. The taste is sweet and vegetal at the same time, with notes of fresh agave, charred wood, and white pepper. Thin, yet viscous mouthfeel. The finish begins with a hint of salt and green citrus, like lime or pomelo, more spicy pepper, and then fades to a nice semidry smokiness.
This is the first artesanal mezcal I’ve ever tried, and only the second mezcal ever if you count Monte Albán, so I don’t have a lot of experience to draw from. However, I’ve tried over 100 scotches in my time and I tend to lean towards the Islays. As a lover of smoky libations I can tell you, you can’t go wrong with this!

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