Del Maguey Santo Domingo Albarradas Mezcal (Tobala & Espadin)

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Del Maguey // Oaxaca, Mexico

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    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    * My bottle: From Lot no. SDAT-142 Nose: Bay leaf, sandalwood, asparagus and rose petals are the first aromas. Wow, what a start. Deeper nosing detects brine, red clay, licorice, butterscotch, fruit juice, beeswax candles, leather, peppermint and wintergreen. It's a full and round nose and adding water brings out orange blossoms, violets and other floral tones. Palate: Salt-sweet on the arrival with a melange of tropical fruity notes too intertwined to dissect. As the spirit develops an astringent, spicy and very mouth-drying, almost tannic smokiness arises that coats the palate. The texture is heavy and rich and you do not even notice that this is 49% abv. Finish: Long. Fruitiness and wood-smoke, sweet flavours but a very dry character. Everything from the nose and palate comes together and then saunters casually into the aftertaste. A subtle smokiness stays in the mouth for ages afterwards. Exceptional, beautifully balanced and very satisfying. The salty asparagus note from espadin is tamed by the luscious fruity tobala component, and the tobala is in turn lifted by the brisk and direct espadin. Overt saltiness is found mainly on the nose, but it's a very briny and maritime sort of salt, not earthy rock salt, and there's something almost-but-not-quite iodine about it. Adding a few drops of water softens the palate without spoiling anything and releases a wonderful sweetness that perfectly balances the underlying dry character. Excellent both neat and watered. A wonderful, no-holds-barred mezcal that's right up there with the best Del Magueys. In whisky terms this is equal to one of the better Octomores. "Excellent" : 4.5 stars
    240.0 AUD per Bottle
  2. slipstream8

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Thick mouth feel, heavy smoke, long finish; the quality is high, but it is extra bold
    80.0 USD per Bottle
  3. thedarkandstormy1

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
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