Maguey Melate Gregorio Hernandez Lopez Tobasiche Barril Ensamble

The Schtick: Distilled by Gregorio Hernandez Lopez in Ejutla, this unusually high proof release comes to us as an ensamble combining Tobasiche and Barril.

Review #2066 | Mezcal Review #218

Distiller: Gregorio Hernandez Lopez

Bottler: Maguey Melate

Brand: Maguey Melate


ABV: 61.3% ABV

Age: NA

Nose: Powerful and bold without a trace of ethanol. Fresh paint, some varnish and clay, sweet honey and a touch of ash.

Taste: Bold on the palate, rich and viscous. There’s not a doubt to the drinker this is high proof – it’s not punishing but the ethanol is certainly not hiding. Paint-y, varnish-y, creamy and faintly chemical. Ash smoke, burning wood, a touch of pepper.

Finish: Long finish that hangs on the jaw and in the back of your throat. Smoky and creamy, sweet with a tough of burning rubber and more pepper.

Overall: Bold and interesting, this particular release is not short on flavor, although it does suffer a tad in terms of complexity. It’s notably drinkable, so go easy on this one – it’ll sneak up otherwise.

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Rank: 6

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