Maguey Melate Rosario Angeles Vasquez Arroqueno

The Schtick: Distilled by Rosario Angeles Vasquez, daughter in law to the great Berta Vasquez (shes great in my mind at least), this Arroqueno is produced in Saint Catarina Minas using a clay still and river water. I’m a lover of all things Vasquez and Arroqueno so this was a no brainer purchase in my book.

Review #1928 | Mezcal Review #189

Distiller: Rosario Angeles Vasquez

Bottler: Maguey Melate

Brand: Maguey Melate


ABV: 49.8% ABV

Age: NA

Nose: Wowzers – so much happening on the nose. The clay is unmistakable – funky, cheesy, garlic forward. Lactic, musty, a bit of brine and savory character. Hint of cream cheese frosting, a bit of sour cream, lime, orange zest, bit of pepper.

Taste: Powerful savory palate – cream, cheese, clay, a bit of ash and some musty sweetness. Lots of pepper, bit moe orange peel. Fuuuuuuuunky.

Finish: Long finish, peppery, ashy, loaded with those clay post notes, arroqueno lends a fruity sweetness and a blast of almost beef jerky notes.

Overall: This is all over the place – in a good way. Powerful, musty, funky, savory, smoky. Lovely.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 7

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