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Legendario Domingo Durango Cenizo

Mar 15, 2021

wow!beautiful mezcal.popping the top on this was like sticking your nose into a fresh bowl of green grapes.all the cenizos i have sampled seem to have that candy fruit profile.the palate reminds me of sweet tarts candy and a nice grape finish.fresh and delicious with a slight bite!

El Rey Zapoteco Espadin

Mar 15, 2021

very good espadin!i am not sure if the term capon applies to this mezcal as far as cutting the flowering stalk on the agave plant.it is a notch above the standard espadin, in my opinion.a freshly opened botlle offers very little on the nose at first.after 10 or fifteen minutes there is a nice floral and sweet smell.the palate is silky and mellow.very sweet with black pepper and honey notes,the finish is very pleasant with a hint of smoke and no bite.down the middle espadin profile and a great bargain.all the el reys are excellent.i had purchased a bottle of the joven about 6 years ago and was not impressed with the old label.it looks like the escobar family put some extra care and effort into their latest products. nicely done!

Mal Bien Mexicano Verde – Cortes

Mar 8, 2021

fantastic!very unique.i would never guess this was a rhodacantha.this is a case of the nose matching the palate.its hard to descibe individual notes but more the sum of it all.all sweet with some banana-apple-pear mix and slight malt vinegar.i didnt get the fruit loop notes others had mentioned but we all have different angles on our taste buds.lovely-long finish with no bite and opens more flavors.masterpiece!

El Rey Zapoteco Tepeztate

Feb 22, 2021

very nice .the nose and palate have that typical tep profile.lots of green pepper/veggie sweetness.you have to give the nose a minute or two.it doesnt jump out of the bottle as soon as it is opened.the palate is sweeter than most teps i have had but it is a strong definition of this agave.very mellow with very little bite.some reserved smoke and medium finish.excellent price point.very balanced.lovely mezcal.the kind you want to continue consuming.

Mal Bien Madrecuixe / Bicuixe / Tepextate

Jan 4, 2021

i have had this botlle for about 4 months and hesitated to give a review until now.this was my second sample and i think its very good and high quality. its what i expect from the ramos name and its well made but not my favorite from these guys.dont get me wrong.very enjoyable.the nose is faint . the karwinskis dominate with slight acidity and mineral.sharp,clean with a slight grassy almost tart note.seems like i get this flavor from bicuixie mezcals i have sampled before.i have to search for the tep notes.finish is clean,short and with a reserved agave sweetness.vegetal.this one may grow on me in time.if someone passed a pour of this to me,i would not complain.

Real Minero Arroqueño

Jan 4, 2021

nothing half way about this mezcal! perhaps the boldest i have ever had! clocks in at 53 %.nose is sweet with taffy and leather.palate is very dark and rich.dark spices,black pepper,molasses.i dont get any hint of lightness.heavy hitter with a finish that is dark,sweet and goes on for a week!this goes into my category of a winter mezcal.might be too much for hot weather.incredible!

Real Minero Pechuga

Dec 29, 2020

i dont know that its fair to rate this bottle yet.its a fresh bottle and hasnt opened up fully.the nose was very reserved with just a hint of veggie stew.the initial taste was good but not as good as i expected from rm,it was a very expensive purchase,as i sipped a little more there was a much better result.there was chicken broth and very smooth honey sweetness.a dry finish.i have had the same delayed effect from 2 or 3 other rm bottles.they start out of the gate slow but evolve into a wonderful beauty.i was thinking this is between 3 and 4 stars but i think time will turn it into a great mezcal.i will have to revisit and update.willing to give it 4 stars for now.

5 Sentidos Espadin – Tio Pedro

Aug 28, 2020

i have had this botlle for about 2 years.the first sample didnt impress me that much.it sat on the shelf for about 18 months and i tried it again.totally different mezcal.i picked up on the red hots reference tyler had mentioned.nice veggie and sugar balance.pleasant smoke and nice bite.straight forward espadin and rustic.true agave flavor.a little treasure.

Burrito Fiestero Masparillo

Aug 28, 2020

first time to try a masparillo.i was not disappointed.the nose was strong with fresh wild flowers and sugar cookies.like spring in a bottle.the first impression on the tongue was reserved but after a second or two it really blossomed.very floral and a stong vanilla note.the finish was medium with mucho vanilla,plenty of smoke and the vanilla continued.mild with a pleasant bite.little hints of honey.wonderful spirit.this was a freshly opened bottle and i cant help but think that time will turn this beautiful spirit into a 5 star when it opens up.

Bozal Castilla

Jul 23, 2020

very unique and tasty! the nose is briney and buttery with agave/floral notes.the tastes is a balance of sweet and salt.it reminds me of beef or chicken bouillion.finish has black pepper and some subtle mint.very good!

Burrito Fiestero Joven

Jul 15, 2020

very mild and gentle spirit.great as an evening opener.my review is in step with the others here.slight fruit candy notes like jolly rancher mixed with cotton candy.the finish is short and not too much depth.not much smoke.the nose is exactly what you get on the palate.not 5 star but very mellow and great flavor.bargain price and good quality.

Hacienda de Chihuahua Sotol Añejo

Jul 13, 2020

sotol shares some of the same flavors as mezcal but is more of a medicinal herbal flavor to me.this brand is a low abv but sotols still pack alot of flavor.this is a summer favorite and it is a light spirit.lots of medicinal herbs with brown sugar and some anise and very slight bitter finish.perfect for warm summer sipping.comparable to the finest anejo tequilas but much deeper.price is a steal.

Del Maguey San Luis del Rio Azul

Jul 10, 2020

i love dm mezcals.this one is not my favorite but still mabey a notch above averge.to sum it up,it is a watered down version of the standard san luis del rio (espadin) which is a favorite.almost the exact notes but thinner and not as full.the rarity is the reason for the price.the espadin version cost much less and is twice the spirit.

El Jolgorio Arroqueño

Jul 7, 2020

i waited to review this one.i had purchased a bottle about a year ago and was not impressed with the first tasting.it was good but was dark,heavy and the smoke would dominate any other flavors.about a month ago i tried it again but this time i let the pour sit out for a few hours and it really paid off! the dark qualities remained but the mid palate exploded with tropical fruit and brown sugar.it reminded me of the fruit pies that you could get at the fast food joints all those years ago but with a darker flavor.the finish was slightly short with plenty of smoke.it would have been a 5 star if the finish was a little longer.delicious!

5 Sentidos Jabali

Jul 7, 2020

very unique.after reading the reviews i couldnt wait to try this one.the nose was very sweet like candy but it outperformed the palate.dont get me wrong.this was very tasty but didnt blow my hair back (though i dont have much hair left these days).the texture was light and watery.the palate was VERY vegetal with pickle and prickly pear.slight agave sweetness and good smoke on the finish.the taste didnt match the nose but the unique quality was enough to earn 4 stars.perhaps time will bring out more flavors.

5 Sentidos Tobala – Israel Palestino

Jun 23, 2020

a beautiful spirit!i ordered this through an on line vendor in chicago about 2 years ago.like another reviewer stated,this was a very small batch of 20 bottles.the nose reminds me of icing on a freshly made cake.the palate starts with baked sugar with hints of cinnamon.midway the taste of agave fruit comes through and the finish has some mild smoke with a little birthday cake.very gentle heat and a total treat.

5 Sentidos Bicuixe

Jun 22, 2020

TOTAL BLISS ! VEGGIE TO THE MAX ! this is a case of the nose indicating what the flavor will be.straw,cup full of garden geens,broccoli,asparagus,tossed salad.through it all is a balance with agave sweetness and the finish is sweet.long with mint.very unique and very karwinski.the mezcal version of v8.special occasion mezcal.very suitable for summer sipping.delicious!

Real Minero Tobala

Jun 3, 2020

i have noticed that the real minero tobala and espadin come in different proofs.i dont know about the other agave or ensambles.this was a 2016 edition at 54 %.WOW! a total beast!dont start the night with this one.with that being said,this was a very delicious mezcal packed with flavor and depth.the nose has many fruits (mainly melons) and salty sea breeze.the palate is sooooo complex.i get coffee cake with brown sugar and cinnamon.it evolves into melons and black pepper.the finish goes for days with fresh baked bread.its very strong but not overly heavy.this was a newly opened bottle and reviewing it now will only be half the story.you can usually tell when you have a very high quality mezcal that it will evolve in time.i want to update this mezcal again in a few months.this one was hard to find but very well worth the search.SPECTACULAR!

Real Minero Espadin

Apr 27, 2020

not an average espadin.a notch above.yin and yang.strong but soft.simple but complex.agave and smoke on the nose.taste is vanilla,fig and earth.finish lingers with gentle heat and smoke and very sweet.ANY agave can be sublime in the right hands.don lorenzo has made a perfect espadin.wish they were all like that but thats why we love mezcals.such an incredible variety in the mezcal world!

Origen Raiz Cenizo

Mar 5, 2020

WOW!this is complex and incredible.the nose reminds me of jager.very unique.there is a mix of strong smoke,very sweet tea,beef stew and the finish has a hint of cherry cough syrup.it doesnt sound great in description but it must be sampled to appreciate.incredible bargain.beautiful spirit!

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