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#1 Guy DeLouche

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 03:12 PM

Brand Name: El Peloton de la Muerte
Producer: Cutberto Santiago (Leyenda)
Origin: Tlacolala, Oaxaca
Distillery: Productora de Brebajes y Bebedizos S.C. de R.L. de C.V.
Type: Joven

Distillations: 2
Gusano: No
Proof: 82
Closure: Real cork topped with plastic.

Bottle: 750mL.
Agave:100% Espadin

Other: Organically produced but not certified, presumably to keep the retail price down.

Visual: Filtered clear, no sediment. No lasting perlas (unsurprising at 41% abv.) Nice legs though.
Nose: Light smoke, some melon and black walnut.
Body/Taste: Clean, forward sweetness, but not much heat - very smooth, but nothing "macho" here. Don Pablo's gardener would call this "agua."
Aftertaste/Finish: A pleasant, lingering warmth. Relatively clean exit. Just needs more zip.

Overall Impression: More on par with a weber platinum tequila, (El Tesoro comes to mind) though perhaps that comparison does it a disservice. There is some smoke here, and undiluted, this would be a very nice mezcal. But after tasting some of the higher-proof small batch offerings, this just seems to come up short. Might make a great gift for neophytes and wine-drinkers (gasp).

Rating: Fair. Nothing wrong with it except there's too much damn water.
This seems to be the case with all the Leyenda products though. Nice, smooth mezcals that would be spectacular undiluted. For the $30 range, El Buho offers more bang for the buck, though this mezcal does have a nicer, fruitier complexity.

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Edited by Guy DeLouche, 15 July 2012 - 03:18 PM.