Alipus Mezcal San Juan del Rio (black label)

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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. The producers in San Juan del Rio make a clean and focused mezcal with soft fruit and subtle smoke. This particular mezcal is distilled by Don Baltazar Cruz Gomez using agave espadín grown at 4000 feet, in steep and sandy soil. The piñas are roasted in cone-shaped pit ovens dug in the ground called palenques, and the juices are pressed using stone mills. After fermentation with natural yeast in open pine vats, the juice is double-distilled in copper pot stills heated by wood fires. It is bottled unaged.

The most elegant and delicate of the line up. Super pretty, full of lifted floral notes, and just a kiss of sweetness. Very lacy on the palate, minty notes, very soft notes of smoke that don't stand out, but are perfectly integrated into the spirit as a whole. Aromatic and graceful.


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