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Madre Mezcal Tasting Notes


  • Location: San Dioniso, Oaxaca
  • Agave: Espadin and Cuishe / A. angustifolia haw and A. karwinskii
  • Maestro Mezcalero: Jose Ines Garcia Morales y Familia
  • Quantity: 18/1330 (200ml)
  • ABV: 45%
  • Tasting keywords: Roasted agave, salt.
  • NOM 70 Classification: Mezcal Artesanal
  • NOM: O191X
  • Buy it today 750ml and 200ml


Rich and honest roasted agave with a tiny hint of barro clay minerality.


Starts with full blown roasted agave then resolves into a mixture of fresh cut grass, salt, and piloncillo sugars.

Method / Background Notes

Madre’s packaging is some of the best in the business, the team behind it is incredibly detail oriented getting the wood print effect on the label, the drawing, and all the information that is packed in there. And then there’s the bottle itself. The 200ml bottle has a certain heft to it that makes you want to continue holding onto it. And it fits right in your back pocket. And that flip top is so convenient and can be used over and over again as a flask, vase, candelabra… Madre’s Ryan Fleming told me “It’s a good intro. People love the packaging, people turn it into art or a vase. It’s kind of like our trojan horse.”

The label design is by LAND who you may already know through their design of the Stumptown Coffee bags. Fleming told me that the Land Brothers brought together a variety of design influences and that it’s all hand drawn which definitely comes through. “The bottle itself is hand poured recycled glass from Guadalajara. That’s why it has the thickness and weight to it.”

The Madre brand was created by Tony Farfalla in a story reminiscent of many in the mezcal world. He fell in love with Jose Morales’ mezcal and kept pouring it for friends until the idea of a business beckoned. That story started back in 2014 but it really ramped up in the past three years. As the brand expanded from it’s LA roots, so did the distillery which grew from Jose Morales’ single still to five stills today which are operated by his family. Per Fleming “we want to produce mezcal in a way that’s right for the community” so their focus has been slow and steady expansion. In the future Madre plans on expanding to other producers in order to maintain that focus on quality.

My notes here are specifically for the snap top 200 ml bottle which is not only super convenient but highly economical at $20. The 750 ml bottle is also well priced at $50.

Max co-founded Mezcalistas with Susan way back in 2012. Before that he was a journalist at Salon.com and The San Francisco Chronicle.


  • MadMex
    December 5, 2020

    I went through a 750ml recently and liked it a lot. The name in big red print, the old school art, simple design, just two colors, caught my eye. Some mezcal labels can be too busy with the art and too busy with the colors, in my expert opinion. This one’s a winner. Give it a go.


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