My first inkling about NETA’s existence was six years ago after the first Mexico in a Bottle. It was a stressful day because it was our first real, honest to god public mezcal tasting, so we’d been running around putting
Details Location: MiahuatlanAgave: Bicuixe Maestro Mezcalero: Hermogenes VasquezVintage: April 2016Quantity: 200 litersABV: 46.9%Tasting keywords: green, fresh cut brush, herbalNOM: UncertifiedBuy it today Nose Hermogenes' bicuixe has an intensely herbal nose. It's like someone was cutting the sage brush on
Details Location: Miahuatlan, OaxacaAgave: Ensemble of Madrecuixe, Bicuixe, and EspadínMaestro Mezcalero: Ranulfo Garcia PachechoVintage: May 2018Quantity: 800 litersABV: 49.85%Tasting keywords: bitter sweet balanceNOM: UncertifiedBuy it today Nose Cocoa powder and roasted agave. Taste This ensemble is full of all sorts of bright notes.
Details Location: MiahuatlanAgave: Madrecuixe (A. karwinskii) Maestro Mezcalero: Grupo LogocheQuantity: 399 litersVintage: October 2016ABV: 46.7%Tasting keywords: Herbal and Jolly RancherNOM: UncertifiedBuy it today Nose A really fruity scent that reminds me of a grapy raicilla because it has some of that classic lactic fermentation
Details Location: Miahuatlan, OaxacaAgave: Espadin Maestro Mezcalero: Candido Garcia CruzQuantity: 900 litersVintage: March 2015ABV: 49.15%Tasting keywords: Minerals and sugar. NOM: UncertifiedBuy it today Nose Part of what makes this espadin so special is its salty agave sugar spritz that comes across so delicately and
Details Location: Miahuatlán, OaxacaAgave: Tobaziche (A. karwinskii)Maestro Mezcalero: Celso Garcia CruzQuantity: 40 litersVintage: May 2018ABV: 47.2%Tasting Keywords: Bittersweet chocolate, horchata. NOM: UncertifiedBuy it today: SOLD OUT! Nose It's like walking through a pine grove with a cup of Oaxacan hot chocolate. Taste A pine herbaceousness
I am often asked - where is the best place to try mezcal in the Bay Area? And my usual reply is, well, my house. Logistics make it hard to actually have everyone over - kid with homework and a