Alipus Mezcal San Luis Del Rio (blue label)
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. 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.
This is the most fruit driven and round of the bunch. Big and rich, dark fruited with black cherry and an almost voluptuous mouth feel. The spirit is super weighty and oily, with just a kiss of funk in the back ground. Such a departure from the others which are much spicier, fruity and delicious.