Alipús is a series made from contracted mezcales, purchased and marketed by the Danzantes group in Oaxaca, and imported into California by Craft Distillers. Each label corresponds to a specific village where the producer is located. All of them are made entirely from Espadin agave (with the exception of the San Andres that has a smidge of something else thrown in during fermentation). The point is to show the geographical differences that terroir, fermentation, and water ultimately play in the flavor of each spirit.
The Alipús line is named for the villages in which they are distilled. San Andres is fermented in cypress vats and distilled by Don Valente Angel from agave Espadín grown at about 5,000 feet on thin calciferous-soiled low hills and terraces. It’s a very powerful tasting mezcal with strong fruit but doesn’t overwhelm with alcohol.
Brooding and earthy. A mineral-rich arrival followed by a transition into a huge amount of orange creamsicle sweetness. Lasting and intense finish. The full-bodied nature of the Mezcal leaves you with sweet, smoky, and savory. Some grilled meats, but more of that wonderful orange.