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Del Maguey VIDA

Oct 1, 2018

Nose: Very smokey muddy, and starchy, like eating a baked potato next to an autumn bonfire, Gherkins in brine, antiseptic cream and road tar.

Taste: Smoke, icing sugar, licorice, table salt, yellow pears.

Comments: Not the most complex, but a good starter mezcal, and very well priced. I like this stuff, this isn’t my first bottle of vida and it wont be my last.

Derrumbes Michoacan

Sep 21, 2018

Nose: Amazing, but very extreme. I get smoke, soot, black olives, turnips, fir trees, old leather, mud, salted popcorn, almond oil, dried seaweed, roasted bell peppers mineral and gravely

Palate: Beautiful, peat, salt, smoke, capers, roots, crushed stones, licorice, wintergreen, and planty agave notes

Comments: My favorite mezcal to date, but very extreme and smokey, and possibly not for everyone, but I adore it. Easy 5 stars.

Real Minero Barril

Sep 20, 2018

Nose: really fruity, Strawberries, banana, kiwi, grapes, oranges, cherry, lemon peel, lime juice, jellied sweets, after a few minutes in the glass, it starts to get smokier, with roast agave, baked clay and black pepper,

Palate: Wow! Cooked apples and pears, kiwi, sweet potato, wet grass, green apple peel, wood smoke, elder flower, juniper berries, mossy bark, twigs.

Comments: Top grade stuff, the perfect balance of fruit and smoke!

Vago Ensamble en Barro

Sep 20, 2018

This Version was bottled at 50.5%

Nose: Smells like a peated sherry cask scotch, Peat and oak, raisins, plumbs, prunes, BBQ Pork belly excellent stuff!

Taste: Tastes like a peated sherry cask whisky! Sweet and earthy, dates, figs, toffee, chocolate.

Comments: never had a mezcal so… un mezcal like. Awesome stuff!

Real Minero Espadin, Largo, Tripon, Barril

Sep 20, 2018

Nose: Black Pepper, Earth, Kiwi, Gooseberry, rock salt, mashed apple and pear, apricots, peaches the perfect balance of fruit, spice and earth and something bitter and botanical I can’t put my finger on.

Taste: Apples, Pears, Baked Clay, Tonic water, juniper berries. Not as complex as the nose would suggest.

Comment: Little disappointing taste considering the complexity of the nose, great stuff never the less.

Derrumbes San Luis Potosi

Sep 20, 2018

Nose: Roast Green Bell Peppers, baked sweet potatoes, vanilla, peas. new car smell, with water I get an early vegtable smell, like leeks and onions, blue cheese dressing, cilantro, sage, fennel, leather.

Palate: Sweet, Rum and raisin ice cream, dates, brown sugar, green chili peppers, with water it’s a little dryer and earthier, I get dirty potatoes, cranberry juice

Comments: Nice Mezcal, but I personally like them dryer and smokier

Marca Negra Dobadan

Sep 18, 2018

Nose: A little shy, takes a few minutes in the glass to open up, but when it does, what a nose. Bags of citrus, limes, lemons, grapefruits, yuzu, lemon grass, bergamot, yuzu, avocado, lime leaves, shoe polish, baked clay and a touch of cider vinegar and bee’s wax.

Taste: Very much like the nose, full of bitter citrus peels, fruit acids, and bitter botanicals.

Comments: It’s as good as everyone is saying it is, bright and rich and wonderful.

Montelobos Espadin

Sep 18, 2018

Nose: Tree bark, twigs, antiseptic cream, wet leaves, roasted cashews, green bell peppers, baked potatoes, damp earth, ground coffee, unripe conference pears, excellent nose!

Taste: Sweet, I get cooked apples and pears, brown sugar, sweet potato fries, celery, fennel, a real meaty smoke, bacon and kippers.

Comments: Smells amazing, tastes good. An all round winner, 4 and a half stars.

Leyenda Tobala (Puebla)

Sep 18, 2018

Nose: Hard to put into words, but it reminds me of holidays in spain when I was little, Rich sweet floral smell, sun baked earth, new leather, sea salt, capers, vanilla, dried apricot, candied fruit, cream custard. I love this nose!

Taste: Full of tropical fruit, passion fruit, melon, mango, juniper berries, sweet potato, lime juice, sea water, grapefruit peel, black olives, dirty dusty leather.

Comments: I must have got a different batch to the other reviews, because I find this spirit to be amazing.

Zignum Reposado

Sep 18, 2018

Nose: Bags of bourbon character, vanilla, caramel, guava, passion fruit, and a very out of place cream of mushroom soup smell. Only after a few minutes in the glass, do I get the more familiar mezcal smells of smoke and agave.

Taste: Very boubon like, Oaky vanilla caramel, peaches, apricot, orange juice, and a very un bourbon like smoke. Salt, seawater, seaweed, green peppers.

Comments: There is literally nothing wrong with this spirit when you conciser it’s merits, separately, it’s clearly good spirit, in really active casks, I just find when the vegital mezcal smoke is wrapped in a sweet bourbon coat is a strange sensation. Perhaps this would of worked better in a less active cask… Hard one to mark.

Del Maguey Chichicapa

Sep 15, 2018

Nose: Amazingly fruity, it’s like a smoked cantaloupe, lime juice, cooked apple, pineapple, pears, wood smoke, pine needles, rock salt, marzipan, with water, Tarte tatin, salted pastry, mashed apricot,

Taste: Initially dry and vegital then gets a little sweeter, Smoke, roast agave, BBQ asparagus, garden peas, candied lemon and lime peel, Yuzu, salted caramel.

Comments: Amazing stuff, it’s many peoples favorite mezcal for good reason, super high quality stuff.

Enmascarado 54

Sep 15, 2018

Nose: Huge! Roasted nuts, cocoa, earthy, smokey, gravel, new leather, burnt raisins, with water it smells starchy, sweet potatoes, and baked potatoes,

Palate: Smokey, black olives, tar, gherkin brine, capers, more leather, burnt toffee.

Comments: Powerful stuff, I’m really enjoying this!

Papadiablo Espadin

Sep 15, 2018

Nose: Grassy, roasted agave, Sweet potatoes, rainwater, crushed stone, not particually complex, but altogether pleasant. Much more expressive with water, gooseberries, lime, pineapple, eucalyptus, and tiger balm.

Taste: Sweet arrival, candied pineapple, green apples, chalky and earthy with a touch of juniper. With water gets more earthy and mineral but less sweet.

Comments. It’s pleasant, not the most complex spirit, but enjoyable never the less.

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