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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!

Lamata Lamparillo

Mar 27, 2023

first time to sample a lamparillo.the nose was spicy and sweet.lots of black pepper.like entering a spice store that was next to a bakery.the palate is complex.angel food cake without the icing and a strong wave of black pepper.the finish is medium in length.very controlled and pleasant heat and a very nice anise finish.i am ok with the anise if it isnt overbearing.very unique.not an everyday sipper but a nice change and treat.was hard to find but worth the effort.

Agua del Sol Mexicano – Francisco Garcia León

Sep 19, 2022

i have had this mezcal by 2 different mezcaleros (one by leon and the other by santana).both are excellent.this review is for the santana version (92% abv).the nose is fruit forward and sweet with no harsh vapors.the palate is very controlled and compact.pear and apple(sweet not tart).agave sugars and a dry hay finish.very soft.some black pepper.i get something very similar out of the el jolgorio mexicano.lovely mezcal and a bargain price

5 Sentidos Pizorra

Aug 5, 2022

i waited 3 years to review this mezcal.i was hoping that time would change the profile.this is the flask edition.it has been on my shelf all this time but only sampled 3 or 4 times with the same result.its ok.its not the typical tep.the nose is full of ginger,menthol and slight smoke.the palate follows the nose with very reserved sweetness.i wanted to like this mezcal but it has this sour lactic note that i cant get past.i have had other mezcal with lactic qualities that i enjoyed (for example-salmiana) but this one is a little off-putting.not terrible but not my first or second choice.

El Buho Especial Tobala-Espadin

Jul 8, 2022

had to sample this more than once.like the other el buho mezcals i have tried,the nose is faint but opens gently after a few minutes.first sip my impression was average mezcal.thin and somewhat watery. a few weeks later it changed for the better.caramel pie with slight salty crust.the tobola dominates but there are slight espadin notes on the finish.fresh and light body with burnt sugar notes.this is a perfect match for the hottest days of summer. sipping this while enjoying a sunset.highly enjoyable!

Legendario Domingo Guerrero Cupreata

Jun 17, 2022

this mabey a slightly above average mezcal. have had worse and better.i am a huge cupreata fan and this bottle has those qualities.strong spearmint and good smoke on the tongue.i like some heat on a pour but this one was harsh(even for me).some vanilla pudding on the finish. i agree with rakhal.would rate it higher without the alcohol note.its possible that it will mellow with time. could be more enjoyable if its not the evenings first pour.

El Buho Especial Pulquero

May 16, 2022

this pulquero was actually an arroqueno.the label indicates it is americana.very unique.this mezcaleros mezcals are all high quality but all have a very reserved nose.there is a very pleasant sweet chalk quality.the flavor is kind of a graham cracker honey.very little heat and a lovely finish.this one was hard to find but worth the effort.delicious!

5 Sentidos Espadillon

Apr 1, 2022

just stunning!the nose makes me think karwinski.the palate has green notes of a karwinski with bold sweet espadin and an earthy tobala.i have had numerous ensembles but the flavors were so distinct and seperate.so silky with little bite.nice mellow long finish with gentle smoke.what a shame that this agave was almost erased by espadin.so unique and beautiful!

Tosba Espadilla

Mar 3, 2022

vanilla bomb!nose is like vanilla frosting on a fresh made cake.the palate is like the nose.reminds me a little of the vanilla cokes i would get at drive ins when i was a kid.subtle smoke and a vanilla frosting finish.a treasure!

5 Sentidos de Horno

Feb 22, 2022

nice sipper.this is not a mezcal thats in your face but rather one with subtle and delicate notes.the nose is pleasant and reminds me more of a vegetal karwinski than an americana.very mild heat inspite of its 49 % abv.i agree with jonny on the tropical and mint notes.mild smoke and finish.this is a rare mezcal from this region and i feel like it was a good purchase.very good but not outstanding.

Pierde Almas Tepextate

Feb 16, 2022

absolutely incredible! 55%-rodolfo hernandez.this has some heat but in a pleasing way.veggie green pepper sweetness.earthy with a loooooong finish.great smoke.wonderful spices and all that a tep should be.this mezcalero also produces under the pluma negra label which are also stellar.the strange thing that rudolfos mezcals have in common is a very reserved nose.this one blew me out of my shoes!

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