Las Perlas De Jalisco Raicilla De Costa
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Las Perlas De Jalisco Raicilla De Costa - 2017

Item # 38879 750mL
$109.96/ Single Bottle
$659.76/ Case of 6
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ABV
48.00%
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Tasting Notes

Raicillia, the traditional mezcal of Jalisco, is slowing stepping out of its cousin's shadow with exceptional examples like this that rival the best of Oaxaca's mezcales. Las Perlas is a small two-family cooperative that has been operating for five generations. This 2017 vintage bottling was made from Angustifolia and Rhodacantha agaves growing for a minimum of 12 years on the coastal hills surrounding the distillery. After the plants are gently steam cooked in an earthen oven, they are crushed primarily by hand using wooden mallets and machetes before a very slow, completely naturally wild-yeast fermentation for 20 days. The ripeness of mature agaves and the slow wild fermentation help extract a tremendous amount of complexity and nuance in this spirit while also maintaining a strong sense of place. Notes include winter melon, grapefruit peels, coconut shells, lime cordial, white pepper, jasmine flowers, sweet herbs, saline minerals and a wisp of mesquite smoke. An incredibly elegant spirit that is packed with layers of complex flavors that wash over the palate like waves of the ocean below a hillside.


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Staff Pick Notes

The sloping, hillside has yielded single-origin Angustifolia and Rhodacantha agave found in this Mezcal. The age of these agaves are 12 years. The coastal location contributes to subtle minerality found on the palate contributing to the enormous complexity in this spirit. Long fermentation also coaxes out unique and delicate flavors that simply can't be rushed in production. Careful 5th generation hands man the stills for precise distillation. These are not in-expensive to produce on this level and as you can see the agave takes many years to be reproduced. Drink these with reverence and appreciation, for they are as fleeting as the days of our lives.

- SCB

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