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Madre Mezcal Review: Read Before You Buy (2024 Edition)

Madre Mezcal review

Last Updated on March 14, 2024 by Lydia Martin

Welcome to our “Madre mezcal in-depth review,” where we’ll dive into the world of this artisanal Mexican spirit.

Join me as I explore the rich heritage, unique flavors, and captivating craftsmanship that make this mezcal a truly exceptional choice for discerning spirits enthusiasts.

Madre Mezcal In-Depth Review

Bottle of Madre Mezcal Espadin Cuishe Ensamble

Madre mezcal is an artisanal mezcal produced from a blend of Espadin and Cuishe. The agaves are roasted within an earthen pit, fermented using local well water, and distilled with wild yeast in a revered copper still.

Madre Mezcal: Ancient alchemy in a glass, revealing the heart of Mexico.” – Liquor Laboratory

Both the well-loved Madre Espadin and Madre Ensamble exude subtle smoke essence, sweet aroma, vegetal undertones (with sage, minerals, and earth notes), and a lingering floral finish.

Read: Mezcal & Agave Comparison

Quick Facts



Madre Ensamble



Distillery & Company

Madre Mezcal

Madre Mezcal

Classification & Region



Alcohol Proof

40% ABV

45% ABV

Mash Bill

  • 70% maguey Espadin
  • 30% maguey Cuishe (Agave Karwinskii)
  • 70% maguey Espadin
  • 30% maguey Cuishe (Agave Karwinskii)

Age Statement









Average Price$44.99 (MSRP)

$54.99 (MSRP)

Extra Fact: Madre mezcal is crafted in small batches by different mezcaleros in various parts of Oaxaca. This includes Jose Garcia Morales in San Dionisio, the Vasquez family in Miahuatlan, and Carlos Blas in Matatlan.

Madre Mezcal Overview

Pouring Madre Mezcal Espadin on a Jigger


Madre Espadin is a beginner-friendly mezcal. I like its gentle and smooth nature with minimal smokey flavor. It gives a delicate and pleasant taste, highlighting hints of fruit and a subtle mineral essence.

This smooth and approachable drink is ideal for sipping straight or over ice. But its mild flavor with low ABV (40%) may lend itself poorly to crafting potent cocktails.

Read: Clase Azul Mezcal Review

Madre Ensamble

Madre Mezcal Ensamble reveals a harmonious fusion of sweet smoke hint and earthy herbal scents enhanced by delicate mineral undertones.

Its palate delights with an amazing medley of sage, minerals, and a lingering floral aftertaste. Given the 45% ABV, I like its smoothness. This is a must-try if you want greater depth in your mezcal.

I tried the Madre Ancestral first, actually, and I find it more complex than the Ensamble, though it’s a little better than the Espadin.

Read: Dos Hombres Mezcal Review

Madre Mezcal’s Tasting Profile

The flavor mirrored the aroma, showcasing vibrant and earthy citrus, soapstone, and sweet grass notes. This Ensamble had a pronounced smokiness attributed to the Espadin, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

The texture was noticeably lighter, concluding with a gentle smokiness and further vegetal and earthy nuances.

Tasting Notes


Madre Ensamble


Earthy aromaAgave-forward with honey and vanilla notes


Bright hints of pine, ginger, and sandalwood

Sweet with roasted agave, pepper, and salt




FinishSoft and mild finish 

Lingering warm finish

Our Thoughts

First Sip

Madre mezcal’s aroma on the first sip reveals much campfire smoke reminiscent of sourdough and Pulque fermentation. It exudes vegetal characteristics yet lacks distinct specificity. But is Mezcal stronger than tequila?

Second Chance

On the second sip, I like the delightfully smoke-like sensation that immediately warms my body, specifically the Ensamble. The sweet flavor is reminiscent of apple pie and Cinnamon.

Why I Like It

Bottles of Madre Mezcal
  • This brand is a classic blend of Mexico, especially the Espadin (that initially captivated my love for mezcal, albeit with a subtle touch of edginess).
  • Every bottle of this mezcal is widely available.
  • One of the versatile mezcal brands – good for sipping or mixing.
  • This bottle is suitable for beginners wanting to explore mezcal.


  • It could be smoother with a few years of aging in a glass.
  • Some would find the bright smokiness too much for a cocktail, particularly the Ensamble.
  • The price point is slightly higher than other brands.

Espandin vs Madre Ensamble Drinking Guide


In cocktails, I prefer the bottle of the Ensamble, as it brings more flavor to the cocktail (especially with lemon). Espadin is mild and lower in ABV, which other cocktail ingredients can overpower.


Served neat on a glass, the tasting notes of Madre Espadin satisfy my palate. Espadin’s mildness and smoothness allow the agave [1] flavor to shine.

On The Rocks

Espadin or Ensamble delivers a good drinking experience if you like your drink on the rocks. Any bottle of Madre mezcal would be suitable for drinking over ice for its balanced overall profile.

Our Rating On Madre Mezcal

In this review, I give Madre Mezcal three (3) stars! It’s easy to find and recommended as a daily sipper or in a cocktail.

There’s nothing fancy or unique about this mezcal [2], but it delivers a good drinking experience for a reasonable price point.

Yay Or Nay?

Close Up Image of Madre Mezcal Bottle Label

Yay! Madre mezcal is a good bottle of mezcal to enjoy regardless of your style – neat, over ice, or in a cocktail. Its smokiness is balanced by sweet notes, making this drink a must-try.

For everything bad, mezcal, for everything that is good as well, and if it still does not help, one and a half liters.” – Jason R. Koivu, Author

If you want to fill your bar cart with good spirits, you won’t regret adding this mezcal. Its versatility, availability, and reasonable price offer good value.

But if you’re looking for other options or alternatives, I recommend these:

  • Del Maguey Vida
  • La Puritita Verda
  • Primario
  • Wahaka

FAQs Related to Madre Mezcal Review

What is Madre Mezcal?

Madre Mezcal is a brand of artisanal mezcal produced in Oaxaca, Mexico. It is known for its commitment to traditional production methods, sustainable sourcing, and unique flavor profiles.

What sets Madre Mezcal apart from other mezcal brands?

Madre Mezcal stands out for its emphasis on sustainability and community development. The brand works closely with local farmers and producers to ensure fair wages and environmental stewardship.

What types of mezcal does Madre offer?

Madre Mezcal offers a range of mezcal expressions, including joven (young or unaged) mezcal, reposado (aged) mezcal, and single-varietal mezcals made from different agave varieties.

How is the quality of Madre Mezcal?

Madre Mezcal is widely regarded for its high quality and craftsmanship. It is praised for its smooth texture, complex flavor profiles, and authentic representation of traditional mezcal production techniques.

What do customers say about Madre Mezcal?

Customers often praise Madre Mezcal for its exceptional taste, smoothness, and unique character. Many appreciate the brand’s commitment to sustainability and social responsibility.

Are there any notable flavor notes in Madre Mezcal?

Depending on the expression, Madre Mezcal may exhibit a range of flavor notes, including smoky, earthy, fruity, floral, and herbal characteristics. Each bottle offers a distinctive flavor profile reflective of its production methods and agave variety.

Final Thoughts

Madre mezcal’s expressions provide diverse profiles, catering to both beginners and seasoned mezcal lovers.

While its smokiness and overall quality are subjective, I find Madre Mezcal a good drink for its versatility. Besides, it’s widely available for a reasonable price.

Like in every Madre mezcal review, this expression is worth exploring, especially if you’re seeking a flavorful and enjoyable mezcal experience.


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