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Mezcal Review

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METL
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MÉTL Reserva Especial Blanco Mezcal

MÉTL Reserva Especial Blanco Mezcal is 96 Proof, double distilled and features subtle mineral nuances and fruity aromas. A delightfully smooth Blanco with refreshing character, a slight peppery punch and a clean smokey finish.

MÉTL Reserva Especial Mezcals are produced in the village of Tlacolula, Oaxaca, Mexico. This mountainous area is known for its ancient temples and world renowned Mezcals. All of our Mezcals are made with only the finest estate grown Espadin Agaves and are processed with a mixture of age-old traditional methods and modern day techniques.

MÉTL is the Nahuatl (Aztec) name for the Agave plant and is the first and only brand on the market to feature both a Mezcal and Tequila.  On the market since 2005, the brand was formerly known as MÉTL 2012 but underwent a re-design in 2011 with a new bottle design.
Older versions can be seen here: METL 2012

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Overall rating 
 
93
Aroma-Nose 
 
90  (2)
Initial Taste 
 
92  (2)
Body 
 
93  (2)
Finish 
 
94  (2)
Enjoyability 
 
95  (2)
Price 
 
96  (2)
Presentation 
 
98  (2)
To find a Mezcal at this price, that tastes this good is close to impossible. This was the 5th bottle of Mezcal I had tried and I was so glad I did.
Super smooth and very little heat on the finish. Some smoke and mint. My only problem with the Metl is that I killed the bottle in 3 days by myself.
The alcohol content is 44-48% which I assume is average for a Mezcal of this quality.
The presentation is spot on as well, very cool matte black bottle.
Pick some up, you won't be disappointed!!!
Overall rating 
 
93
Aroma-Nose 
 
91
Initial Taste 
 
93
Body 
 
92
Finish 
 
93
Enjoyability 
 
94
Price 
 
95
Presentation 
 
97
Reviewed by blueridgerider November 27, 2011
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To find a Mezcal at this price, that tastes this good is close to impossible. This was the 5th bottle of Mezcal I had tried and I was so glad I did.
Super smooth and very little heat on the finish. Some smoke and mint. My only problem with the Metl is that I killed the bottle in 3 days by myself.
The alcohol content is 44-48% which I assume is average for a Mezcal of this quality.
The presentation is spot on as well, very cool matte black bottle.
Pick some up, you won't be disappointed!!!

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This latest incarnation of Metl Mezcal blanco should not be allowed anywhere near teenagers. If they get a hold of it, well, let's just say it would cause more problems in this world than we already have. It's a 96-proof mezcal. The first 96 mezcal I have ever had...be forewarned that this one can "jump" on you. It gets the party started pretty fast. WHOOO HOOOO!!!!!

OK, back to business....

The nose is pleasant. It has a peppery alcohol outline, a light leathery nose with a hint of dried fruit. A pretty subdued "wow" factor, just a clean and straightforward tease for what is to follow.

Initially, a bit of pepper/dried chile kick to it, plus the alcohol hotness, which may be due to the higher proof, but a nice light earthy, creaminess to it.

Dare I say woodiness?

After the heat settles, and by the way, I don't want to overstate the hotness, but it IS there, but only initially, on the first substantial sip. After this, the fruitiness comes forth, becoming exposed as an integral part of a robust, viscous body as it swirls around and over the tongue. More mango than pineapple, not in a cane-sugary way, but more deeply sweet, and naturally blended with a moderate smokiness whole, which persists throughout a very long finish, pleasant mineral trace elements lining your mouth's interior.

I was surprised that there is almost no heat by the time it reaches the throat.

The drink is consistent from nose to long finish. Best to be consumed when you are somewhere with no plans to be driving anywhere, in a comfortable chair, in a room with other aficionados. It's just too easy to keep drinking this one. It really gets smooth after that first shot and holds together really well.

Others might be quick to say that this is not the most complex mezcal they have ever had, but I feel that it is a very enjoyable drink, and the price point was reasonable (I think it was 42-ish). This makes for a good contribution to the mezcal market, accessible to working stiffs such as myself.

Oh yeah, and the bottle? Love it. Hella thick glass. Dark and mysterious, alpha-male, like the new Batmobile. Love the big arse cork. I admit, I swiped my finger and licked the residual on the wide lip after my pours. Most importantly, the wide base provides for great stability, a good "product feature" to have by the time you are at the halfway point with this one!

-Agave Sipper
Overall rating 
 
93
Aroma-Nose 
 
89
Initial Taste 
 
91
Body 
 
93
Finish 
 
95
Enjoyability 
 
95
Price 
 
97
Presentation 
 
98
Reviewed by agavesipper September 10, 2011
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This latest incarnation of Metl Mezcal blanco should not be allowed anywhere near teenagers. If they get a hold of it, well, let's just say it would cause more problems in this world than we already have. It's a 96-proof mezcal. The first 96 mezcal I have ever had...be forewarned that this one can "jump" on you. It gets the party started pretty fast. WHOOO HOOOO!!!!!

OK, back to business....

The nose is pleasant. It has a peppery alcohol outline, a light leathery nose with a hint of dried fruit. A pretty subdued "wow" factor, just a clean and straightforward tease for what is to follow.

Initially, a bit of pepper/dried chile kick to it, plus the alcohol hotness, which may be due to the higher proof, but a nice light earthy, creaminess to it.

Dare I say woodiness?

After the heat settles, and by the way, I don't want to overstate the hotness, but it IS there, but only initially, on the first substantial sip. After this, the fruitiness comes forth, becoming exposed as an integral part of a robust, viscous body as it swirls around and over the tongue. More mango than pineapple, not in a cane-sugary way, but more deeply sweet, and naturally blended with a moderate smokiness whole, which persists throughout a very long finish, pleasant mineral trace elements lining your mouth's interior.

I was surprised that there is almost no heat by the time it reaches the throat.

The drink is consistent from nose to long finish. Best to be consumed when you are somewhere with no plans to be driving anywhere, in a comfortable chair, in a room with other aficionados. It's just too easy to keep drinking this one. It really gets smooth after that first shot and holds together really well.

Others might be quick to say that this is not the most complex mezcal they have ever had, but I feel that it is a very enjoyable drink, and the price point was reasonable (I think it was 42-ish). This makes for a good contribution to the mezcal market, accessible to working stiffs such as myself.

Oh yeah, and the bottle? Love it. Hella thick glass. Dark and mysterious, alpha-male, like the new Batmobile. Love the big arse cork. I admit, I swiped my finger and licked the residual on the wide lip after my pours. Most importantly, the wide base provides for great stability, a good "product feature" to have by the time you are at the halfway point with this one!

-Agave Sipper

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