Maguey Melate Flavio Cesar Rodriguez Rodriguez Tepextate Cuixe

The Schtick: Distilled by Flavio Cesar Rodriguez Rodriguez in Ocotlan, this ensamble combines Tepextate and Cuixe, two Karwinskii’s.

Review #2063 | Mezcal Review #217

Distiller: Flavio Cesar Rodriguez Rodriguez

Bottler: Maguey Melate

Brand: Maguey Melate


ABV: 44% ABV

Age: NA

Nose: OH! Wow – this is sweet on the nose. Very different than I expected (this is why Agave is so fun). Big, rich, creamy sweetness. Honey, vanilla bean, confectioners sugar, sugar cube. Blends nicely with a hint of pepper, some fresh salinity and just a dab of tepextate “greenness”.

Taste: Rich on the palate. Lots of slate, sweetness, pepper and a touch of clay. Extremely mineral forward for a Karwsinskii ensamble.

Finish: Short finish, bitter and punchy. Pepper, clay, slate again. Not my favorite of the finishes – very one noted and a touch acrid.

Overall: A rockstar right from the gate that loses steam just ahead of the finish, this Tepextate and Cuixe ensamble is fun and interesting, though definitely not my favorite of the recent MM releases. It’s still very good, but from the opening nosing, I had expected this would carry higher if it could maintain its quality.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 6

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