Mezonte Japo Raicilla
Staff Pick

Mezonte Japo Raicilla - 2023

Item # 39502 750mL

Master Mezcalero uses indigeneous agaves that mature over 12 to 25 years to produce this traditional hand made mezcal at his palenque near the sea in Jalisco. The Amarillo plants for this batch were cooked underground with local firewood, crushed by hand with wooden mallets, fermented in earthen volcanic rock vessels and distilled in hybrid Filipino direct fire stills. The aromas are very savory with notes of mesquite and dry rub spices, cured meat and roasted chiles. The palate by contrast is delicate and supple with vivid flavors of roasted squash, wet stones, apple butter and magnolia flowers.

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An absolutely mesmerizing Raicilla from Mezonte. Made in Cabo Corrientes just south of Puerta Vallarta in Jalisco, this Raicilla is exquisite Mexican barbecue in a bottle. Peppery, spicy, and juicy with notes of brown sugar and a hint of both butter and vinegar, there's a savory bite to every sip and a satisfyingly long finish. Mezonte is a non-profit dedicated to supporting and promoting traditional agave spirits on a cultural, biological, and human level, emphasizing local production, sustainability, and price transparency. A project with not only the best of intentions, this is among the best agave spirits Mexico has to offer. Not to be overlooked and worth every last red cent. Jaw-droppingly good.

- MM

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