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  1. Tyler at |

    Doc, have you tried the Rey Campero Arroqueno? I think either the US supply is very limited or they are just now starting to bring import it. Hopefully more is on the way. I’m curious how it stacks up to your current lineup.

  2. JN at |

    Great blog and keep the posts coming!

    I recently had a chance to visit Craft Distillers in Ukiah, the guys that are responsible for bringing the Mezcalero series to the US market. They mentioned that there are 3 different bottlings of the 9th release, which I understand to be 9F, 9J and 9L. It is all Arroqueno, but from 3 different distilleries. Here is a little blurb from the Craft Distillers site, which Ted alluded to above:

    From three separate distilleries using single clay potstills in El Potrero de Sola de Vega. Agave Arroqueño, intense & spicy, with a soft mouthfeel from the clay stills. 762 bottles at 47-49% abv.

    I tried the 9F at a spirits festival here in SF and loved it. A week later, I ended up purchasing 9L thinking it was the same thing and noticed quite a variance between the two (there was a week in between, but tasted much different than I had remembered). I own bottles of the 9F and 9L now and hope to pick up the 9J so I can taste all 3 side-by-side. Will definitely report back on my findings, but wanted to confirm what Ted mentioned.


    1. Mario at |

      Thanks Permalink! While I’ve had the Mezcalero 9L for some time and really enjoyed it, I didn’t know there was a 9J and a 9F, all from the same village and all clay-distilled. Whodathunk? So I went hunting: couldn’t find the 9F but found the 9J at Bounty Hunters and am now comparing the two.

      Cutting to the chase, I prefer the 9L. Why? To me the 9L has a softer, richer nose while the J has something a little funky…not acetone or petrol, just something maybe even a little more than funky. As for taste, the L is round, somewhat fruity, fairly complex and downright delicious….the J seems lighter, less fruity and more alcohol-forward…with something else going on that I can’t quite put my finger on.

      Admittedly, I just cracked open the J while my L has been around for a few months as is only about 1/4 full (yes I’ve been a bad boy) and I’ve noticed a freshly opened bottle being “more alcoholic” tasting compared to the well worn, months-old bottle.

      I then had my wife and daughter try the two (after I tasted and noted). The two were unanimous in their preference for L and didn’t really like the J…their notes were more divergent between the two than mine.

      So that’s it from me….and if anyone know where I can score the elusive F, tighten up your mescal bro please!


  3. Ted M. at |

    Hi John—

    Great Blog and your new book is outstanding—a landmark work, and one sorely needed.

    A couple of notes on the arroqueños. Taste is certainly subjective, but my taste is generally in accord with your assessments, and very much so with regard to the various silvestres, including the arroqueños I have had. That said, I have never been exceptionally enamored with my bottle of Siete Misterios, which seemed a bit puzzling and I did wonder if it was a batch issue. Interesting that in this recent tasting of yours you found it less than what you had remembered. In looking at your photo on your blog it looks like your bottle may be 385/1950, 48.7% alcohol, and I can’t quite read the date, but is it 2008? My bottle is 024/1950, 48.7%, manufactured in 2008 (which seems like a rather long time ago). So, I am wondering if this batch is different from the one(s) that you found so compelling?

    Another note on the Mezcalero 9. The Mezcalero website lists three distillers. My bottle and I think yours only lists Don Leonardo Rojas Garcia. My bottle indicates it is no. 9L., 60 cases 6 x 750 ml, 46.2% alcohol. The Bounty Hunter catalog lists 9J (not L) and indicates it is exclusive to their catalog with only 204 bottles produced, and lists alcohol at 93.4 proof. http://www.bountyhunterwine.com/product.asp?ic=1SMEZNVOS39J
    It appears that there may be several sub-batches of release 9, perhaps each of the distillers bottled separately one wonders.

    Keep up the great work!

  4. Mario at |

    Great post John! And yes, you’re spot on with respect to characterizing my tasting impressions. But jeez, Siete Misterios knocked from the top? I understand we’re really splitting hairs here with all these fine mescals, but I’m left stunned….ok, not really stunned but surprised. I last did Arroqueno side by sides with wife and daughter (am I a bad family man?) and while we differed on 2nd, 3rd and 4th place, 7M was the unanimous king. I propose the following: let me know which batch of 7M you have and if mine is different, I’ll send you a vile and you can compare to your 7M…..como lo vez?

  5. Sonia Gomez at |

    Very interesting and mouth watering post! I’m going on line to get some arroqueños.

  6. Pedro Quintanilla at |

    Glad MarcaNegra made it (just)! We are very happy you liked maestro Alberto’s Arroqueño since for the reasons you stated in your post, he says this batch might be his last of this agave, at least in the foreseeable future. Tip: it’s a freshly made batch and it’s quite potent, so you might want to let it rest in its bottle -preferably in a dark place- for at least 2 to 3 months. You’ll find by then that it attains an incredible, elegant balance and that the slight alcohol finish completely goes away. Please let us know.

  7. Azure Blue at |

    Great post and thank you so much for your information. Are you going to Taste Of Mexico in San Diego the weekend of September 28th? Love your book, Azure


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