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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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Maguey Melate Pechuga de Mezontle

Dec 16, 2020

This is for two different mezcals. The regular cupreata and the “mezontle” infusion.

First the small bottle of cupreata: diesel aroma with undertones of gasoline. Not good. Flavor is not much better with medicinal notes and dirty laundry. Lo siento. 2/5

Mezontle infused cupreata: much better than the taster bottle. Aroma is good with smoke and some light sweetness. Taste is very thin but good with smoky, roasted agave flavors. A little bitterness on the finish. 3/5

Maguey Melate Espadin – Rodrigo Martínez Méndez

Nov 20, 2020

Included in the maguey Melate tasting box. I have the big bottle of pechuga 2 which I love. Fun to taste the “base” espadín next to the pechuga. Rodrigo’s espadín is wonderful. From aroma to finish it’s great. I wish I had big bottle of this espadín. One of the best espadíns I have tasted.

Maguey Melate Pulquero – Felix Hernandez Ruiz

Nov 2, 2020

I have never had pulquero mezcal. I reallly like this one. Aroma is interesting but good with a creamy quality a bit cheesy. Taste is surprisingly smooth with mineral and floral qualities. The finish is long with some good heat and pepper. More please!

Maguey Melate Pechuga – Rodrigo Martinez Mendez

Nov 1, 2020

My first shipment (and first review) from Maguey Melate subscription. I’m very excited. When I saw the picture on the back of the “trading card” included with the shipment I was already in love. Look at all that Fruit!! They describe the process as a “fruity, mezcal stew”. Rad. And very good. This is the best mezcal I have tasted. Aroma is tangy, sweet juicy-fruit. Taste is great but not as sweet as the aroma. Good heat with minimal smoke. Finish is really long with lots of fun flavors as it progresses.

Zignum Reposado

Nov 1, 2020

I thought it was a fairly heavy-barrel reposado tequila when I first had it. As tequila it is an easy and flavorful sipper. Plenty of caramel and black pepper. I began to question the use of additives in this “tequila”. But it’s a mezcal. I’ve heard the company is owned by Coke. As a mezcal, no espadín flavors at all. It is sweet and smooth with very little complexity. Also heard it is mass produced.

Caballito Cerrero Chato Reposado

Oct 9, 2020

We got this bottle at the distillery in December 2019. If you get a chance to visit the distillery you should do so. It is an incredible journey and the distillery is old and beautiful. Don Rosario gave us a tour and a tasting.
The color is light straw, considering it has been in barrels for 9 months, very light. Oily in the glass with long lasting legs/tears.
Aroma is wonderful with strong agave, butter and pepper. Lots of character.
Taste is full of agave with some buttery sweetness, a bit more interesting than tequilana weber (el azul), hints of nuts and citrus.
Finish has pepper, some warm and dark sweetness, and last medium-long–very pleasant. Smooth and refined but still having some bold character.
Overall: this is a mezcal (but not in name due to the rebel nature of this company) made with the tequila process–most notably without smoke, they use steam ovens. As a “tequila” I rate it 4/5. As a “mezcal” its 3/5. Please keep breaking the rules! Great stuff.

Caballito Cerrero Azul

Oct 1, 2020

This is cheating. It really is tequila in everything but name and CRT certification. The name Caballito Cerrero means the shoeless horse but in context it is the horse that kicks off its shoes. Very fitting for a tequila distillery That bucks the system. We have visited The distillery. It was one of the best adventures getting there! If you have a chance to go it’s a must.
This is one of the best. Technically it is distiliado de agave but really it is GREAT tequila. Yes, made the old fashioned way except with steam instead of smoke and fire.
Aroma, Taste and finish are all really strong and bold, Just like a good Mezcal. Everything else that Johnny reported is accurate. If you can find it, get it.

Banhez Espadin & Barril

Sep 29, 2020

Lote B0060EB4220.
The front label is crooked. I kind of love that. Handmade all the way to the label. This is a really good Mezcal. And I don’t just mean because it cost $30. It has good flavor, the aroma is not too smoky, and the finish is warm and long and has a great taste of citrus. This is A Mezcal to keep around in your bar. It might even make Mezcal newbies into mezcal lovers.

Real Minero Espadin

Jun 29, 2020

A good all-around sipper. From aroma to taste to finish, it’s good.

Vago Elote – Aquilino García López

Jun 29, 2020

Tasted this while watching Agave: Spirit of a Nation-which features Don Aquilino. I really tried to smell and taste the corn…but couldn’t. I guess I must try it again 😉
Aroma was strong with agave and pepper. Taste was even stronger with more pepper and hay. Mouthfeel was viscous and nice and the initial heat mellowed to pleasing warmth. Finish was the best part: warm, long with some minerals in the background. Conclusion: I need to try this again.
UPDATE FEB 2021: still like this a lot. Very strong taste. Finish is still the most incredible sensation. Lot FEB 2020 @ 50.4abv. Bump half a star.

Pal’alma San Luis Potosi – Salmiana

Jun 24, 2020

Lote 001 bottle 204 (out of 672). At 50% alcohol I thought it would be hot. Not so. Aroma is strong with agave and cut flowers. The taste is sensational with fresh mint and pine (maybe from the fermentation vats) sweet fruit in the background. The best part though is the finish-smooth and warm with pleasant farm-like tastes going down.

Rey Campero Espadin

Jun 20, 2020

Solid mezcal with medium smoke. From aroma to taste to finish–just good. Great all-around mezcal.

Legendario Domingo Michoacán Ensamble

Jun 20, 2020

Very complex smoky aroma–good. Taste is like spicy pine-needles with some good heat on the way down.

Madre Espadin – Cuishe

Jun 20, 2020

Great budget Mezcal. The Cuixe adds some interesting aroma and flavor. Light smoke, melon, green apple. Smooth in the mouth and finish.

Derrumbes Zacatecas

Jun 9, 2020

Soft and less smoke than most mescals on the aroma. Good, oily mouthfeel with cut grass and earth tastes. The finish surprises with a burst of pepper and mild heat. It lingers for a while…in a good way. Really good and easy to drink. The way tequila used to be made.

Leyendas Cenizo (Durango)

Jun 9, 2020

Virtually tasted with Steven from San Diego Tahona Bar. Good. Sweet with butter aftertastes. Smooth.

Dos Hombres Espadin

Jun 9, 2020

Although I have heard this is “smooth smoke” I am still having trouble getting past the overly strong smoke taste. I keep hoping for the “apples, mango and other fruits” listed in the description but no. It is still good (anything breaking bad is good). But not a lot happening for me.

Banhez Jabali

May 17, 2020

Tasted this with Tahona Bar’s Steven during virtual covid-craziness. I have never had jabali maguey before. It was very intersting–in a good way. Aroma was fresh with little smoke. Taste was incredible with pine-needles tingling my mouth. Finish was good.

Ilegal Joven

May 17, 2020

Cool bottle with waxed cork. Light smoke and wood on the aroma, good taste, finish is long, smooth and a little sweet.

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