Maguey Melate David Rivera Herrera Papalometl

The Schtick: Produced in Santa Maria Ixcatlan by David Rivera Herrera, this Papalometl is fermented in cowhide for 6 days before distillation on a clay pot. A double distillation yields 80 liters. Bottled by Maguey Melate, this should be a real treat. Let’s get to it.

Review #1789 | Mezcal Review #158

Distiller: David Rivera Herrera

Bottler: Maguey Melate

Brand: Maguey Melate


ABV: 47% ABV

Age: NA

Nose: Funky, meaty, cheesy. Stinky cheese, rich beef broth, savory lamb, pepper and garlic. Brine, earthy soil. Bizarre and intriguing.

Taste: Sweet at first before the salinity and meat move on in. This is next level savory and reminds me of meat, crackers and cheese. Charcuterie in a bottle.

Finish: Long finish and the train keeps on chugging. Tons of cheese, garlic, onion, olive and a hint of beef. Wild.

Overall: Perhaps the most savory of expressions I have had this year – its amazing just how flavorful this is.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 6

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