About El Jolgorio Pechuga Mezcal
In Mexico, mezcals are distilled in an entirely natural and unhurried process, often utilizing traditions and family recipes that have been passed down for generations. The principal ingredient used in crafting mezcal — the agave plant — requires seven to twenty years to mature before being harvested. While a few varieties of agave have been domesticated, others must be harvested from the wild, rugged terrains of Mexico's tiny villages. As a result, a single batch of mezcal, which can produce as few as 1,000 bottles, begins with the harvesting of 10 tons of agave and can take up to 25 years to produce, from start to finish.
Once the agave have been harvested, the heart of the plant, or piñas
, are cooked for several days in large, earthen pits lined with hot stones, and then crushed under the weight of a massive stone wheel, usually drawn by a horse or burro. After the piñas are crushed, the pulp is placed in a large wooden vat, together with ambient yeast, in order to begin fermentation. After several days, expert mezcaleros determine by taste, smell and sight when the wash is ready for distillation.
When the wash is ready, the mezcaleros distill it through traditional copper stills that are heated over wood fires. The journey from the farm, or hacienda
, to bottle is long and arduous, but every step is conducted with the careful attention and pride necessary to produce a complex yet smooth mezcal.
El Jolgorio Mezcal Pechuga
Agave Type: Espadin Silvestre
Region: Santiago Matatlan, Oaxaca, Mexico
Maestro Mezcalero: Valentin Cortes Y Gregorio
Proof: 96 (48% ABV)
Details: Twice distilled in a copper pot still with pineapples, limes, oranges, plantains, apples, pears and the breast of a Guajolote (a creole turkey rooster).
Tasting Notes: Bursts of citrus fruit (particularly agave and pineapple). Sweet touches of green fruits and herbs, along with a hint of cajun chicken and smoke.
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Mezcal is a distilled spirit made from roasted agave plants between two days and two weeks, which gives it a distinct smokey flavor.
What scotch is for whisk(e)y, mezcal is for tequila.
It can be made from different types of agave in different parts of Mexico, but most of it (60%) comes from the state of Oaxaca. Mezcal offers a large diversity of flavor profiles and ranges between 40 and 55% ABV.
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