La Venenosa Sierra Occidental de Jalisco Raicilla
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La Venenosa Sierra Occidental de Jalisco Raicilla

Item # 32756 750mL
$64.99/ Single Bottle
$389.94/ Case of 6
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42.00%
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Tasting Notes

Raicilla is a very old style of mezcal traditionally made in Jalisco, near the Pacific coast of Mexico. For years now this old spirit has been overshadowed by the tremendous success of the more famous mezcal of the region, tequila. La Venenosa is changing the game with the introduction of four very different expressions. This entry-level raicilla was produced by Maestro Tabenero Don Ruben Pena from the Maximiliana agave species he had planted many years ago in the Sierras 1,500 meters above sea level. After harvest, the plants are roasted slowly in wood-fired ovens and then fermented only with the aid of naturally occurring wild yeasts before a single distillation in Arabic-Filipino hybrid still. The profile is a curious back and forth of fruity and vegetal. Notes include summer berries, savory cocoa, desert rocks, tarragon, and minerals.


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Staff Pick Notes

Take a walk on Mezcal's wild side! Raicilla, known as "Mexican Moonshine", is just that. For years made illegally without government sanction or approval, now Fidencio Spirits has begun harnessing this unbridled spirit. Think tattooed biker chick in liquid form. A little aggressive, a little biting, a little sweet, so uncomfortably racy and intimidating but in the end so intriguing you are won over by the sum of her parts. Savory notes of herbs, black garlic, soy sauce, black pepper and pickled vegetables dance along side apple, citrus and almonds. Brief hints of smoke let you know this is definitely closer to Mezcal than Tequila. This is a must try for any adventurous agave lover! I would definitely recommend sipping this neat to start but it would be an amazing base for creative mixologists.

- JBB

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