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Lagrimas de Dolores Verde

Sep 23, 2022

Don Gilberto Roldan
Lot : V-6
47%
Nose : Mineral, lactic, mild cheese, vegetal, bell peppers and some mole..
Taste : sweet with some Parmesan cheese, sugar coated greens. Magical..
Finish : oily mouthful, very light smoke
Very balanced and complex stuff. Don Gilberto is the man.

5 Sentidos Madrecuixe – Tio Tello

Mar 25, 2022

Nose : Vegetal, sugar coated peanuts, some vanilla, cloves and cooked agave at the tail end.
Taste : sweet and buttery, minerals, icing sugar, pastries with powdered chocolate.
Finish : Vegetal, sweets bbq sauce.
This is really doing it for me. Hitting all the right notes. Second bottle..

Papadiablo Arroqueno

Jan 28, 2022

Batch : PPD – 01AR
Nose : Hubbabubba gum, sweatbread, a little mint, soy sauce, minerals and dusty.
Taste : brown sugar dominates, something chocolatey, vegetal and very balanced.
Finish : everything dances into a slow standstill. Slightly smokey.
Probably the best arroqueno that l ever had!

5 Sentidos Chino

Dec 17, 2021

Jose Ines Vieyra
Lote :Ch01-19CA
Nose : pink Starburst is bang on. I also get strawberry cheesecake and some farmy aspects as well.
Taste : strawberry yogurt, powdered icing sugar and a bit of bbq smoke.
Finish : a little oily, sweet with some ash.
Very one dimensional. But what a dimension!! This stuff leave an impression. Both novice and seasoned mezcal drinkers are always blown away by this one.

5 Sentidos Pichomel

Dec 10, 2021

Lote : PL01-19CA
46%
Nose : powerful and savory with butter, bell peppers, chillies, bananas and something lactic at the tail end.
Taste : Wow! Complex and powerful. Although I taste tepeztate, this is a different beast. Salty, cheesecake, dirty and vegetal.
Finish : tingly on the tongue, bbq smoke and butter.
Quite a roller-coaster ride. This is on steroids..

Origen Raiz Sotol

Oct 22, 2021

Batch 04SVG1 2020
Edition 03
44%
Nose : smells like a public pool, felt marker, prune grappa and caramel
Taste : almond syrup, vanilla, slightly herbal and oily.
Finish : long and some sweet smoke

The wild nose sometimes can be off-putting but the taste is quite balanced. Interesting.

Mezcalosfera Bicuishe/ Tobala/ Madrecuishe – Margarito Cortés

Sep 24, 2021

Lot 01CA-19
Nose : Iceberg lettuce with brown sugar sprinkled all over, banana ice-cream, fresh tobacco and throw in the public pool.
Taste : fresh and exhilarating, garden greens with simple syrup topped off with warm spices.
Finish : dry yet sticky? Hangs on for a while..
Outstanding ensemble, completely blown away

Rey Campero Tepextate

Sep 3, 2021

Lot DS011-T March 2018
Romulo Sanchez Parada
Nose : floral and cinnamon like spices , earthy peppercorns. Smells more like a tobala.
Taste : ahh there’s the tepextate! Bell peppers, vegetal, pretty sweet with medicinal candy and celery.
Finish : drying effect. Short with the right amount of smoke.
Very solid and well priced

Don Mateo Cupreata

Sep 3, 2021

I did not get the batch number.
Nose : Very delicate citrus with a bit pepper.
Taste : Very clean. Some sweet pine and more citrus fruits.
Finish : short.
Well priced but maybe more of a really good cocktail mezcal

Origen Raiz Cenizo

Jul 16, 2021

30CD1617
2017 edition 4
Nose : getting a strong scent of rye whiskey. Oak, leather and brown sugar dominates with peat and spices in the background.
Taste : Ashy vanilla then fruit (mainly cherries) and cream. Big Texas bbq notes as well.
Finish : More peat ( Ardbeg corryvreckan)
This has whiskey written all over it and I already rode that train…

Rezpiral Lumbre – Leonardo Hernandez

Jul 9, 2021

Series 4
Nose : Sugar cane syrup, spring flowers, lemons and vanilla. Smells like you are standing in a French pastry shop.
Taste : sweet vanilla then herbal on the back end.
Finish : oily and greasy then clean and dry.
Not the most complex Mezcal out there but damn does it hit all the right notes.

Rey Campero Jabali

May 22, 2021

2016
Batch : ds007-j
This was long overdue….
Nose : Juicy fruit up front, then cinnamon and pears. Vanilla and tropical fruits come in and out.
Taste : bubble gum, light smoke, fresh green peppers, fresh and summery.
Finish : dry, peaty and sweet.
I’ve heard many people raving about this bottle and now so will I..

El Jolgorio Espadin

Mar 5, 2021

Rafael Mendez Cruz
Edition 8
2006
Nose: soft and pillowy. First a little citrus comes through, then vanilla and green vegetables, followed by blueberries and sugar cane.
Taste : gentle and big, floral with minerals and green. I also get something like toffee.
Finish : lingering light smoke mixed in with some sweetness.
Balance comes to mind on this one. This is the Bordeaux of espadins…

5 Sentidos Azul – Delfino Tobón Mejia

Feb 12, 2021

Lot AZ01-19CA: 117 bottles
Nose : butter, citrus, onions with butterscotch. Celery that turns into fresh sea air.
Taste : clean, oily, mostly candied pineapple slowly changing something rather grassy
Finish : keeps you interested and wanting more…
Dangerously drinkable

5 Sentidos Papalote – Delfino Tobón Mejia

Jan 8, 2021

Batch : PA01—19CA
Nose : timid at first, then starts to open up after 5 minutes. I get strawberries and pure chocolate. Very savory with tons mushrooms.
Taste : brown sugar dominates. Meaty , slightly spiced and a touch of basil.
Finish : no smoke, sugary and clean.
Right up there with El Jolgorio tobala.

Tosba Tepextate

Dec 11, 2020

Lot : 17
Nose : Vegetal and earthy. I get bell peppers, some late dusty peat and vinger. Vibrant yet not screaming.
Taste : a little thin. Hardly any smoke. Green and sweet but the tepextate magic is subtle.
Finish : long and powerful, seems to make up for its first impression.

5 Sentidos Sierra Negra

Dec 6, 2020

Nose : Barnyard funk, earthy and leather all up front with strawberry cheesecake and bagaso ending things
Taste : powerful, sweet, loads of cinnamon, clay and again strawberry cheesecake.
Finish : this doesn’t end… Peppery, smokey and sticky.
Do not start your evening with this mezcal!

El Jolgorio Cuishe

Oct 30, 2020

Edition 13
Ignacio Parada 2016
Nose : Ashy, vegetal with cilantro being the dominant note. Also getting floral and a little cinnamon.
Taste : Very smokey, sweet and vegetal
Finish : smokey and medicinal.
As an Islay fan can appreciate the smoke. However this could of been a stellar bottle if the smoke was not at 11.

Mal Bien Tepextate – Cortes

Jun 26, 2020

Felipe & Ageo Cortes
Batch #0618
ABV : 50.2%
Nose : subdued, Definitely vegetal with green peppers up front, some cooked agave, mint, sugary and farmy at the end.
Taste : after reading Johnny’s review, all I taste is green flavored freezies. The power of suggestion….
Finish : medium and dry with some smoke.
Wish the volume on the nose was slightly notched up, otherwise very solid Tep.

Pescador de Sueños Tobala

Apr 16, 2020

Year : 2014
Nose : wild, dusty and earthy is what came first. Peat and honey slowly creeps in. Bubble gum and a pair of leather boots that’s been put to work for 25 years on a some farm.
Taste : having a hard time trying to to put a finger on it. Honey comb and flowers dipped in gin.
Finish : trying to rinse out Buckley’s.
F**king complex wow…..

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