El Mero Mero Tepextate is a mezcal that stands out for its unique characteristics and production process. Made from the wild agave Tepextate, which takes a long time to reach maturity (around 20-22 years), this mezcal is a product of patience and careful craftsmanship. The agave used in El Mero Mero Tepextate is crushed by a tahona, fermented in Encino Oak tubs, and distilled in copper, following traditional mezcal-making techniques.
Reviewers have praised El Mero Mero Tepextate for its distinctive flavor profile. The nose is described as aromatic, featuring the classic tepextate scent with hints of green, funky pickled jalapeno. The palate brings a funky, cheesy tepextate flavor, reminiscent of a blended garden, and is quite different compared to other tepeztates like El Jolgorio. This difference in flavor profile, despite being less favored than some other high-end tepeztates, still offers a unique tasting experience, especially considering its more affordable price point.
Other tasting notes include a transportive initial smell, bringing the drinker to the heart of Oaxaca. The flavor profile includes elements like crayon, grassiness, and a Sour Patch Kids vibe, with chemical notes on the finish. A more favorable review describes the mezcal as having a nose of delicious candied jalapeno ice cream, with soil and wet stone. The palate is noted for its honeycomb cereal and serrano pepper flavor, with a finish reminiscent of long cut chewing tobacco and saddle leather.
In terms of mouthfeel, it's described as soft, with a medium viscosity. The mezcal is appreciated for its high minerality, sweet entry, and a fantastic finish that features a green bell pepper/veggie quality with a pleasant sweet linger.
El Mero Mero Tepextate offers a mezcal experience that is both unique and indicative of the rich flavors and aromas that can be found in traditional Oaxacan mezcals. Its complex flavor profile, marked by both earthy and spicy notes, makes it an interesting choice for mezcal enthusiasts looking to explore different expressions of this diverse spirit
Funk, Cheese, Pickeled Jalapeno.
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