Ed Draves Samples… Anejo & Reposado!

Mezcal Ilegal, Dave Miller's Mexico, Reposado

Brand… Ilegal

Category… Anejo

Tasting Notes… Golden color with a little wood and some very mild on the nose nose carmel notes giving way to citrus, smoke and mineral taste.  This mezcal is very light and easy going with not a lot of alcohol showing.  Ilegal’s anejo has brilliant balance.

Rating… 3 Magueys


Brand… Wahaka

Category… Reposado

Tasting Notes… spending four months in oak, this is the smokiest of the Wahaka line.  Earthy notes, signature mineral beneath forest floor flavors, nice and full bodied.  The gusano gives this mezcal a very unique flavor.

Rating… 3.5 Magueys


Brand… Real Matlatl

Category… Reposado

Tasting Notes… Clean/golden straw color with a pleasant nose and some minor heat.  A little smoke blanketing some berry aromas with delicate flavors [no heat on entry and very smooth].  As can be expected, there is some wood and some smoke in great balance.  The berry flavors come out on the super 2 minute plus finish along with another fruit, possibly plum.

Rating… 3.5 Magueys

Reviewed by Ed Draves, the Buffalo Mezcalero

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Explaining our ratings…

Here’s where we start.  We love mezcal, but more importantly, we love artisanal mezcal.  The type that is hand made, following the centuries old traditions handed from one generation to the next.

We only review small batch mezcal so if you are expecting to read about mezcals that come from some 10,000 liter vat, you won’t find them here.  We don’t believe that they truly represent the heart and soul of the truly magical mezcals that are produced in Oaxaca and other places around the great country of Mexico.

We rate everything on a scale of 1 to 5 magueys.

If we write it up, it’s good and will be guaranteed at least 1 maguey.  3 magueys is top notch and the cherished 5 maguey rating is reserved for the really special stuff.  If you are fortunate to have a mezcal that gets 5 magueys, consider yourself fortunate, because it is a top of the mountain spirit, in the same class as a fine French wine or a treasured single malt Scotch.

Finally, not all of the mezcals we review are available in the US.  This reflects the view of Ulises Torrentera of In Situ Mezcaleria, and many mezcaleros, that to truly appreciate mezcal, sooner or later you need to visit us in Oaxaca.

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