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Gusto Historico Puntas de Bicuixe, Espadin, y Madrecuixe con Lima – Juárez

May 16, 2024

a beautiful monster!nose is a sweet smokey vaporous heat.earthy green house and spun sugar.palate is explosive with citrus and very green.sweet orange and lime.strong karwinski veggie profile.intense from start to a long smokey finish.flavor is bursting.deep heat but not offensive.if i had hair,it would be blown back!couldnt consume this on a very hot summer day.amazing mezcal.careful.this will stomp a mud hole!

Cuish Cuish – Francisco Garcia León

May 9, 2024

i am a karwinskii fan.cuish are more rare than the other types.it fits the profile perfectly.bright vegetal sweetness with some mint.good smoke and silky finish.perfect heat and light body.lovely flavor and seems perfect for summer weather.price was very resonable at about 85.00.

Chacalo Lineño Puntas

May 9, 2024

good mezcal.i dont get much on the nose.the palate has slight floral quality and frozen strawberry that jonny noted.does not reveal its high abv.gentle heat and nice finish but short.i was expecting mabey more wow factor being puntas.its good but not sublime.willing to give 4 stars.to be fair,its a freshly opened bottle.it may open up in time.will have to revisit this one.

El Buho Especial Jabali

Apr 15, 2024

very tasty sipper.the nose takes a minute to open up.very floral.lilac,honeysuckle and roses.the palate has the same floral character with vanilla,smoke and some sweet orange.similar profile to other jabalis but seems softer and with a delicate complexity.this does not reveal its 50 % abv.it take more than one sip to appreciate this gentle complex spirit.jabalis have a unique taste thats hard to describe.cost was around $100.00.very fine mezcal and bargain.

Mal Bien Espadin – Ramos

Apr 11, 2024

the ramos have done it again!this is a fine espadin.a notch above most.the nose is deep and rich with minerals and soil.some lovely light spice that i cant quite describe.the palate is full and rich with mineral,spun sugar and some slight citrus.silky from start to finish.just right on the smoke and heat.cant find a weak link in this mezcal.i agree with jdb.way too many half-assed,overpriced, overhyped mezcals out there.usually i trust certain names and the ramos are up there on the list.if this bottle was twice the price it would still rate very high.this is a steal!

Aguerrido Cupreata Puntas – Don Antonio

Apr 8, 2024

first time to sample this brand and this mezcaleros product.stellar! i have 4 or 5 puntas mezcals in my collection.this one is the highest abv.like the others,it is something to enjoy slowly and in small amounts.this is a learning curve for me but starting to appreciate puntas and the concentration of the flavors.it packs a serious punch(happy new year-lol)!the nose reminds me of the mayalen brand cupreatas and of sweet-tart candy.that quality carries over on the palate.mid way and on the finish i get ludens cherry cough drop and a beautiful agave profile.gentle smoke on a long finish.it has some real heat but in a pleasant way.not overbearing.a wonderful treat.i have purchased an espadin made by this mezcalero and will review when i get the chance. PS that fist on the label is no lie!!! LOL!

Macurichos Cirial / Coyote Puntas

Mar 20, 2024

OMG!first time to try this brand.nose is deep and rich. vegetal and sweet jumps out of the bottle.the flavors are VERY compact.karwinski veggie and lots of grilled fruit.apples banana and cherry.very warming and potent .not like gasoline but its best to consume this slowly and in small amounts.this one sent me to bed early!fantastic!

Tepanal Espadin

Mar 20, 2024

wonderful espadin.one of the best.nose of mineral water, earth and some hints of baked sugar.very silky and coating mouthfeel.clay and sweet bread on the tongue.perfect smoke and very little heat.mixed spices and black pepper on a medium length finish. whole hearted clay espadin profile.cost is a little higher than an average espadin but is more than justified.love this brand!

Vago Arroqueño – Emigdio Jarquín

Feb 9, 2024

another wonderful expression from emigdio!i am also fond of arroquenos.this has a floral nose with hints of baked sugar.it doesnt jump out of the bottle.the palate is dark and earthy but not in a heavy way.at first,the taste is sweet with some brown sugar and a hint of sweet potato.the flavors keep expanding to a long complex finish.some brownie mix and sweet vegetables.sometimes its hard to sum up the experience in a description other than to say its delicious and i get something new with each sample.beautifully made.big fan of emigdio and vago.

Vago Tepeztate – Emigdio Jarquin Ramirez

Jan 17, 2024

outstanding!!!obviously a different batch from earlier reviews or mabey just my opinion.perhaps one of the best teps i have tasted.great tep profile.green pepper notes with a deep sweetness.perfect amount of heat but mellow.full palate with mix of vegetal and sweet.long finish.all perfectly balanced.cant find a weak link in the chain.bursting with flavor.wow!just tried a recent batch of emigdios arroqueno and it s also stellar.huge fan!

Gusto Historico Tobala – Emanuel Ramos

Dec 4, 2023

47.3% abv.i have not seen many tobalas by the ramos team.i couldnt pass the chance to purchase a bottle.i was not disappointed.complex with gentle heat.nose is earthy and minty.palate has their signature mineral sweetness and vegetal green notes.different spices that are hard to define.exceptional quality.i was hoping it would be very different from their karwinskis but the profile is similar but slightly different.long sweet finish.excellent as expected.i just purchased the red label by father victor.will review that soon.

Tepanal Coyote

Nov 17, 2023

something mystical about coyotes!similar personality to this brands tobala but a little better.clay and funk on the nose.lots of subtle flavors.all-spice,black pepper and jalapeno on the palate.the finish is very soft with a slight barnyard funk and honey sweetness.clay all the way from start to finish.not as bold as other coyotes but this holds its own.again,this doesnt reveal its 50% abv .delicious!

Tepanal Tobala

Nov 17, 2023

solid tobala!may be rating this too soon.fresh bottle and may evolve into something greater with time.clay is front and center.reminds me of the great tio rey-vago expressions but more subtle.sweet clay nose and reserved.earthy soil and slight veggie sweetness on the palate.powdered sugar on the finish.very mild and soft heat to be 50% abv.this could easily be an assassin! goes down way to easy and very tasty!

Burrito Fiestero Tepemete

Nov 6, 2023

another fine mezcal from the conde clan.i can say that i have really enjoyed everything they have produced.this was very tasty.a simple profile and full sweetness.not complex imo.cotton candy on the nose and tongue.mild heat and pleasant medium finish.tepemete is not common and had to search to find this bottle.it was worth the effort.profile is along the line of espadin as expected.hope to see other releases from this label soon.very much a fan.

Burrito Fiestero Castilla

Oct 19, 2023

jonny nailed it.tropical fruit bomb.the nose and palate are the same.lots of pineapple,banana,orange and some sweet lemon.i didnt get the lactic notes.49 % abv.you wouldnt know it because of the gentle heat.the finish is long.sweet juicy and fruity.every mezcal that i have sampled from arturo has been sublime.just beautiful.i would have given this 5 stars but had sampled it on a cool october evening.it was wonderful but i think its suited more for warmer weather.may sound strange but i think different mezcals fit different seasons.

Mezcalosfera Espadin/​Jabali – Victor Ramos

Jun 30, 2023

i have had this bottle for 3 years and recently revisited.the nose is mainly espadin with leather and roasted sweet agave.its really nice when you get an ensamble where the agaves are very distinct and seperate but blend well together. sweet espadin.mellow heat at 47% abv.some floral notes(honeysuckle)mabey some poundcake.bright flavors and a long delicious finish.absolute fan of ramos mezcals!perfect mezcal for hot summer days.lovely!

Vago Ensamble – Emigdio Jarquin Ramirez

Jun 5, 2023

60%cuixie,40%madre. emigdio makes great mezcals! as a whole,vago is a favorite because they are BOLD and never short on flavor,most pack some heat but they are not half-assed.the nose pops on this one with the vegetal karwinski notes.getting strong mint.the palate is a karwinski bomb!the best way to sum it up is green green green.lots of green peppers.compact with a balance of veggie sweetness.long finish with mucho minty smoke.you would never guess this was 51% abv.very mild heat.hard to find any fault .this is an old town edition.this is the perfect summer mezcal.i dont know if i would enjoy it as much in colder temps but i would say there is a good chance.STELLAR!

Lamata Cucharilla

Jun 2, 2023

the nose reminds me of juicy fruit gum but in a reserved way.the palate has a dark soil rich earth vibe.some subtle sweet tea notes.some sweet flower nectar on the finish.wonderful!nice mellow heat.its what a sotol should be.was hard to find but wotrh it.

Lamata Ensamble Tamaulipas

May 25, 2023

this was another one that i waited to review.i wanted to sample this more than once before giving my opinion.my initial rating was 3 star at best.the nose was cajun spice and the palate was the same.it was too dominant and i didnt get much of any other flavors.i let the bottle settle and popped the top from time to time letting it sit for about 30 minutes.WOW this really morphed!the cajun note was there but mellowed.now there were sweet honey and baked sugar notes that blended with the spice and a hint of fresh split oak wood.the finish was deep,sweet,long and complex.very enjoyable.as time goes on,the sweeter notes are dominating the spice more.

Burrito Fiestero Ensamble – Salmiana & Cenizo

Apr 28, 2023

beautiful and well made.arturo knows his craft.the nose is dominant cenizo (grape and assorted fruits) with baking spices.the palate is exactly what the nose predcted.i have fallen in love with cenizo mezcals.they have this grape candy quality.thats wonderful on its own but when you add the salmiana to it (think of spicy cheese dip), it is so delicious!the two are blended and balanced perfectly.very little heat and mellow.the finish was long,sweet and just a hint of the salmiana spice.i was tempted to give this a 5 star.price point is around $55.00 which makes it a steal.i must get another bottle of this lovely mezcal!

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