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Mezonte "Raicilla Japo" Jalisco Spirit Distilled From Agave Uncertified Jalisco Raicilla/Mezcal (750ml) SKU #1389231

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Tasting Notes

Mezonte is a non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting, supporting, and preserving the production and practices of traditional agave spirits of Mexico. The main objective is to create awareness of the cultural and biological value inherent in these incredible spirits. There's a particular emphasis on the spirits of Jalisco and Michoacan, but all agave spirits could be featured. The incredible organization began in a little bar in Guadalajara where Pedro Jiminez began to educate about these special spirits. The "Japo" comes from Hildegardo Jayo of Cabo Corrientes. He harvests Agave Amarillo and cooks them in underground pits. These special agaves take between 12 and 25 years to mature. The extraction is using traditional "canaos" by hand before being fermented with spring water. Distilled on a wooden and copper still, this batch consisted of only 400Ls.

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  • Jackson Lee
    By: Jackson Lee
    K&L Staff Member
    Produced by Hildegardo Joya, this Raicilla expresses the techniques and traditions accumulated over the lifetime of this master distiller. At 75 years old, Heldegardo still walks his agave fields, his trusted machete in hand, looking over the plants as if they were his children. That care is reflected in the distillate he produces from the Amarillo agave. On the nose I get Camembert cheese, or a lightly smoked Gouda, gravel, honey baked pineapple ham and sweet mint. The texture really got me on this one; like drinking a mouthful of fresh river water, this pour is smooth while giving off flavors of sweet cooked agave and blue cotton candy. On the finish, the cooked agave still shines while a little peppery spice leaves your mouth with a pleasant tingling sensation. Sadly, there’s no steward to take Hildegardo’s place when he decides to retire so be sure to get this offering while it’s still being made!


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