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Jonathan L has been a customer since Oct 2020

Reviews (11)

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Xicaru Mezcal Reposado Tequila
Posted Apr 5, 2023
MIXER, NOT SIPPER"This is a pleasant mezcal that can impart the classic "smoky agave" sweetness that you would look for in a mezcal cocktail. However, Xicaru Silver lacks the depth and complexity needed to be an enjoyable sipping experience. Hence, the price level."
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Xicaru Mezcal Silver Tequila
Posted Nov 30, 2022
MIXER, NOT SIPPER"This is a pleasant mezcal that can impart the classic "smoky agave" sweetness that you would look for in a mezcal cocktail. However, Xicaru Silver lacks the depth and complexity needed to be an enjoyable sipping experience. Hence, the price level."
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Cimarron 'Blanco' Tequila 1.0L
Posted Jan 10, 2022[Verified]
PRICE MAKES IT NICE"A truly good budget tequila. Mix it. Sip it. Shoot it. Buy some nice cheese to pair with it using the money you saved by choosing a less popular brand."
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Old Grand Dad 100prf 1.0L
Posted Jan 10, 2022[Verified]
THE PRICE MAKES IT NICE"Corn and oak sweet balanced with rye spice? CHECK. No watery mouthfeel from an overly watered down liquor? CHECKPleasant aroma, taste, and aftertaste from a sufficient aging process? CHECK Side by side with any other American whiskey of similar price point, this easily wins! If anyone ever complains about this not being a "fine bourbon", they could be polite enough to admit that they could always spend 20 to 30 dollars more to achieve a superior whiskey."
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Dos Hombres Mezcal Jove 84prf
Posted Jun 24, 2021
SCIENCE."Dos Hombres enjoys a high price point due to its clever advertising and celebrity owners. It's a nice talking point, but not a particularly nice mezcal.While the slightly higher ABV gives it a nice backbone, the "creosote" you smell at the start follows through into the main flavor profile and, even more intensely, into the aftertaste. I would only use this as a featured liquor in a nice cocktail, but for sipping, it is less than desirable. Don't buy the hype. For the same money, you could stock your cabinet with both of my personal recommendations: Montelobos and El Silencio."
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Monte Alban Mezcal 750ml
Posted Jun 24, 2021
SCIENCE."I've done a (not very) scientific review of the mezcales offered at Empire Wine for under 40 dollars. Monte Alban is, sadly, the most widely available mezcal in the U.S. It is such a terrible representation of the spirit that most who have tried it have sworn off mezcal altogether.There are no redeeming qualities for this mezcal. Just spend the extra dollar and purchase El Silencio. There's no excuse."
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El Peloton De La Muerte Mezcal Silver 750ml
Posted Jun 24, 2021
SCIENCE."I've done a (not very) scientific review of the mezcales offered at Empire Wine for under 40 dollars. El Peloton de la Muerte is a decent mixer if you want to shake a cocktail that includes mezcal as a minor ingredient. However, I wouldn't personally use it as a primary ingredient, much less to sip on. It features a heavy "congener/wood alcohol" flavor that accompanies a lot of lower quality liquors I've tasted. My problem with it is more that there's not enough aroma, mouth feel, or strength (ABV) to account for this "moonshiney" quality.Usually I wouldn't complain about these things, but for one dollar less you can purchase El Silencio, which does not suffer from any of the deficiencies that Peloton does."
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Montelobos Mezcal Juvenile Espadin 750ml
Posted Jun 24, 2021[Verified]
SCIENCE."I've done a (not very) scientific review of the mezcales offered at Empire Wine for under 40 dollars. This is my #2.While it has the classic flavor profiles I'm looking for in a classic mezcal, it could stand to be bottled at a little higher ABV to boost its flavor intensity. That being said, Montelobos did a great job of producing an attractive bottle to accompany a delicious mezcal for sipping or mixing."
Del Maguey 'Vida' Mezcal 84pf Tequila image
Del Maguey 'Vida' Mezcal 84pf Tequila
Posted Jun 24, 2021
SCIENCE."I've done a (not very) scientific review of the mezcales offered at Empire Wine for under 40 dollars. This is...not my favorite. Along with some nice mouth feel, it has some harsh "moonshiney" aromas and aftertastes that I can't hang with."
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El Silencio Mezcal Espadin
Posted Jun 24, 2021
SCIENCE."I've done a (not very) scientific review of the mezcales offered at Empire Wine for under 40 dollars. El Silencio is my #1. It delivers on all the fronts: balanced sweetness and smokiness, thick mouthfeel, refreshing fruity aftertaste, no hints of harsh chemical flavors often present in cheaper liquors, AND it's the second cheapest mezcal option available at Empire Wine! El Silencio works as a great smoky background ingredient, a stellar main ingredient in a mezcal forward cocktail, or just as a shot with some delicious cheese. Buy this mezcal!"
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Los Vecinos Del Campo Espadin Mezcal
Posted Apr 1, 2021[Verified]
GOOD QUALITY YOUNG MEZCAL"Mezcal has become such a popular item recently, and that has driven up the prices. Vecinos is a staple for me, as it doesnt have the "moonshiney", heads and tails flavor that is present in most lower priced mezcales. But it also doesn't go into the ridiculous range of price to turn me off.Extremely good Mezcal can be bought in any tiny town in central and southern Mexico for five to ten dollars a bottle from the many small clandestine distilleries. If you pay more than 30 in the US, just know that some middle man is making a big profit off of a new trend. Vecinos is more expensive than it should be, but it is just as good as the others that are twice its price."
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