Review #1653 – Palanqueros Baltazar Cruz Espadin Sierra Negra

The Schtick: Distilled on copper, this agave ensamble from Don Baltazar Cruz comes to us as a blend of Espadin and Sierra Negra. It was distilled in San Luis Del Rio and bottled at part of the Single Palanque project/crossover by Tradicion Chagoya and Velier. Let’s get to it.


Review #1653 | Mezcal Review #129

Distiller: Don Baltazar Cruz Gomez

Bottler: Palanqueros

Brand: Palanqueros

Selection: N/A

ABV: 50% ABV

Age: NA


Nose: Delightfully desserty and creamy. Latex paint, cream cheese frosting, lemons and some honey. Faintly chemical.

Taste: Sweet on the palate before a hint of vinegar creeps in. Sweet cream, light pepper, faint rising bread, some cocktail onion and a hint of minerality. Neither too sweet, nor too funky, a shred of earth hangs out and sits on the back palate.

Finish: Long, sweet and smoky. This almost drinks like a really savory tequila, with lots of honey, some agave funk, cream, earth and clay. I could drink this all day long blind and potentially confuse it for a really nice Tesoro or perhaps a rich take on Tapatio. None of these things are bad – the finish is savory and rich in a way I love.

Overall: This starts a bit meek, but ends bold and demanding. I love the transition here, and this is a quick favorite of mine from the Palanqueros portfolio.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 7


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Decoded:

0 | Unscored | New Make Spirit or Personal Selection.

1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.

2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.

3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.

4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.

5 | Good | Good, just fine.

6 | Very Good | A cut above.

7 | Great | Well above average

8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.

9 | Incredible | An all time favorite

10 | Perfect | Perfect


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