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mostly nerdy about tequila. Mezcal seems like the wild west compared to tequila--so many different types and tastes.
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Nocheluna Sotol

Feb 4, 2023

Sampled at Baja Betty’s agave club in San Diego. Strong aroma and taste but finish is the best part. Sweet berrry cream on the aroma. Taste is peppery and fun with more slight sweetness and yumminess . Finish is sensational!

Maguey Melate Pelón Verde – Sergio Martinez Rodriguez

Jan 29, 2023

Exceptionally balanced and drinkable! The aroma is good, clean with floral, minerality, river rocks, a hint of clay and light citrus.
The taste is solid with more minerals, mild bitterness, almost no smoke nor sweetness and good heat.
The finish is balanced, very long, great! Way to end 2022 Maguey Melate!

Maguey Melate Deer Pechuga – Julio Topete Becerra

Jan 24, 2023

Ugghh! If I am being optimistic I could say “an interesting experience”. I don’t think it is the Deer/Guama pechuga that is throwing me off. The sample of the straight Maximiliana is the same for me. Just not fun or good.
In the aroma there is some big “lechuguilla funk”, and something like burnt syrup or molasses. The taste is really funky with some sweetness. The finish is ungood with even more funkadelic funk. Sorry MM, I love that you find cool and unique mezcal but this one is not for me.

Maguey Melate Mexicano – Fortunato Hernandez

Jan 24, 2023

Just by Fortunato’s picture on the MM trading card with his big smile, I really wanted to like this one more. Now seeing all the exceptional reviews I feel like a party-pooper. For me this one was ok to good. The aroma is good and dusty with a hint of fruit. Taste is ok. I’m getting the leather and cedar wood and also a hint of chocolate and cinnamon. The finish is good with lots more cedar wood and some good heat.

Divino Blanco

Jan 7, 2023

Aroma is ok with heavy smoke and a hint of berry sweetness. Taste is thick and coats the mouth with a very sweet profile. Heavy smoke and a lot of heat for 40%. Not a sipper. Mix this one.
Tasted at Baja Betty’s in San Diego for the Agave club in January.

Maguey Melate Barril – Jaime Reyes Morales

Jan 1, 2023

One of my favorites from MM so far. The body and finish of this one makes a near perfect balanced mezcal. There’s pepper, a burst of agave with wonderful heat. Initial light floral. Finishes very nice and long. Great balance between earthy and sweet.

Vago Ensamble en Barro

Dec 24, 2022

This is for two batches of Tío Rey´s excellent ancestral mezcal. One of the batches might be the best I have ever had! I definitely have been leaning toward the clay pot distillations lately.

Review 1: lot S02 ECM 20. From March 2020
60% Espadin, 36% coyote, 4% mexicano
ABV 50.4%. This rates at 4.75 stars and is one of my all time favorites!
The aroma is so deep and rich with earthy clay but also strawberry, citrus and blueberry.
The taste is like smooth fire—good heat from the abv and also nice smoke. Of course there’s some clay with light sweetness.
The finish is incredible and even and lingers with roasted chiles.

Review 2: lot S10 ECMAB 21
82% espadin, 9% coyote, 4% mexicano, 3% arroqueno, 2% barril
ABV 49.9%. This batch is good and rates 3 stars. New label.
The aroma is not as fruity or earthy as the other lot but still has some berry and citrus sweetness.
The taste has some clay but is bittersweet and more spicy than the previous.
The finish is ok.
This was the “new”bottle to replace the stellar batch from earlier. So i guess I am disappointed to not like it as much. Don’t get me wrong this batch is good, just not as great as the original.

Maguey Melate Espadilla – Don Fede Collector’s Box

Dec 16, 2022

I love the aroma and like the taste! Different than the 45% espadilla from the MM taster box 1. Not as smooth and not as interesting. Aroma is the best part with lots of floral and some fruit. I could smell it all day. The taste is a little hot with pepper and some good earth. Tyler is right when he mentions Angustifolia…very classic mezcal tastes. The finish is just ok for me. It is a little sour with some bitterness. Tough to give Don Fede less than 4 stars as he is one of my favorites. Got this from K and L wines in Hollywood.

Maguey Melate Lamparillo – Gilberto Roldán

Dec 16, 2022

Yes, this is really good like a dry desert. From aroma to finish this is wonderful. Aroma is dusty sawdust, cut with some berry sweetness. Taste is intense with some initial, puckering smoke but then smoothes out nicely. A little earthy and a little vegetal. The finish is my favorite part—it’s long and builds intensity with some earthy goodness. I could spend the evening with this half-bottle and be very contento.

Maguey Melate Arroqueño / Madre Cuixe / Bicuixe

Nov 30, 2022

The arroqueño is good and helps to subdue the cuixe sweetness. The aroma has a slight petrol thing happening. Overall ok to good.

Maguey Melate Jabali – Ildefonso Macedas Ginez

Nov 29, 2022

Incredible mezcal! This one is more advanced, and for special occasions when you want to blow someone away with the increíble complexity. Sensational!
The aroma starts with light perfume/floral, some charred pine, rock and tart lime. One of the best aromas in an agave spirit.
Taste is magnificent with dark earth, mint, spicy pine needles and red hot candy sizzle.
The finish is good and long, although slightly bitter and finishes with light sweetness.
The 56.1 % abv is barely noticed behind all of the sensational aromas and flavors. Más por favor!

Maguey Melate Jabali – Santo Martínez Cruz

Nov 27, 2022

This one could be sipped all day at the beach. Subtle and complex all at once. All around great! The aroma is light with light fruit and wet stone minerals. The taste is wonderful with a citrusy punch some lite spice and goes down a little sweet. The finish is fantastic and long with some earthiness and lite spice. Overall Yum!

Maguey Melate Cuixe – German Manzano Martinez

Nov 22, 2022

This is a good one. I don’t normally enjoy Cuixe as much as others but this one is quite good. The aroma has some fresh, green veggies, mint, salt-water taffy and a hint of fruit punch. Really nice! The taste has some earthy sweetness and roasted pepper. The finish is good and balanced.

Maguey Melate Papalometl – Martinez

Nov 22, 2022

This is interesting and very powerful as far as taste. The aroma has some dark fruit without being sweet. The taste—WOAH! Musty earth like dirt from under an ancient fern. There is a light sweetness as well. The taste really jumps out fast and strong. The finish is really nice and a bit spicy and maybe even some red-hot candy. While not my cup o’ tea this is an interesting one!

Maguey Melate Coyote – Victor & Emanuel Ramos

Nov 20, 2022

All over yummy! GreenspointTexas has the aroma/flavor spot on—leather, tobacco, mint some citrus. There is a dark, earthy aroma that I can’t describe. There is a viscosity to this one that is incredibly good and helps to preserve a delicious, lingering finish.

Maguey Melate Tequilana – Victor & Emanuel Ramos

Nov 20, 2022

An incredible mezcal! Even though it is from blue Weber (tequila) it is so much more than any tequila! The strength of the aromas and the flavors is amazing! Also, the nuances this mezcal has makes you think about it from multiple perspectives. As many have said, the aroma is green with fresh jalapeños, grilled asparagus, bell pepper possibly cement and a floral factor. The taste is strong with some earthy/citrusy sweetness added to the vegetal notes followed with some burnt wood bitterness. A big shot of black pepper on entry helps to say ‘hola’. The finish has good heat and has lots of goodness as well—possibly a hint of burnt marshmallow. Amazing product!

Nosotros Mezcal

Oct 1, 2022

January 2022 harvest. At first it was heavy smoke aroma. But as it opened up the smoke lessened and some light fruit started to come out. The taste is good with more fruit and very earthy agave. The more I sipped, the sweeter it became. Not overwhelming, so pretty darn good.

Casa Manglar Espadin y Tobala

Sep 9, 2022

I like this better than the straight Tobalá. Aroma has light fruit and burnt brown sugar. Taste is medium-thick and good with pepper some light sweetness and faint taste of drying paint. The finish is good but slightly bitter.
Lot: CM-ET-0821

Casa Manglar Tobala

Sep 9, 2022

Pretty good Tobalá. Aroma has some earth and minerality with a hint of salt water. Taste is hot at entry, fairly viscous with pepper, light vegetal and even stale cotton candy. Finish is medium short and simple but ok.
Lot: CM-T-0821. 45%

Casa Manglar Espadin

Aug 16, 2022

Not bad, but not good either. Not a whole lot going on for me. The aroma has medium smoke and some green apples—pretty good.
Taste is not my favorite, its very smoky and fairly hot with alcohol.
The finish is medium long and ok.
For me this is an average to good espadin that is not exciting nor complex.

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