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Macurichos Ensemble Tasting Notes

Details

  • Location: Santiago Matatlan, Oaxaca
  • Agave: Cirial, Madrecuishe, Barril, Bicuishe 
  • Maestro: Los Hermanos Martinez
  • Abv: 53%
  • Tasting keywords: leather, green peppercorn, bright 
  • NOM: 0165X
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Nose

Rustic aromas of saddle leather, dried cranberry, and pineapple fronds are cozy and inviting. The aroma is reminiscent of winter spices, sweet and mellow, with a kick of piney brightness. 

Taste

The flavors are intense, with green peppercorn, pineapple husk, and wet earth. A mineral rich core is bold and sturdy, highlighting the floral undertones that begin to bloom at the end of each sip. The flavor sticks to the palate, offering a long finish to savor the delicate notes. 

Method/Background 

Agaves are cooked in a traditional earthen oven before being crushed with a tahona. The mash is wild yeast fermented in wooden vats before being distilled twice in copper pot stills. The agaves used for this blend are all subvarieties of the karwinskii family.

Tess Rose Lampert is a wine and spirits educator with a focus on mezcal. She is a frequent contributor to Mezcalistas and has developed programming for Mexico in a Bottle and Spirited Conversations. She has an Advanced Degree from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust, Spanish Wine Educator Certificate, an MA from the University of East Anglia, UK, in Philosophy of Food and Drink and a BA from Bard College in NY.

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