Review: Del Maguey Vida Mezcal / by Jason Hambrey

Augustofolia Haw Agave
Distiller Del Maguey (San Luis del Rio)

Del Maguey is a brand owned by Sazerac, and they, like many mezcal brands, try to highlight the characteristics of different mezcal regions creating a series of single village mezcals. This mezcal is made from agave roasted with mesquite, quebrachi, and huamuchil wood for 3-8 days and distilled in a copper pot still.

Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2015

The most reminiscent of smoky whisky of all the mezcals I’ve tasted, but, not gonna lie – a bit of a manure scent to this one, like manure drying in the sun. As a friend once said…”however, a very sterile manure”. Very sharp on the palate, and surprisingly clean, without any of those detracting notes on the nose. Chorizo sausage, and drying and smoky, like burning fall leaves, in the mouth too, but a bit light.  A long, integrated finish with some light fruit like starfruit, a bit of rubber, and lots of earthy notes. And a bit of saccharin. Interesting, and good to drink, but this is something I’d likely mix more than sip, and it would be fantastic for that.

Assessment: Recommended.

Value: Low. A bit on the high side for an unaged spirit, if you find it for $100 as I did in Ontario.