Mezcal El Jolgorio Tepeztate (2017 Vintage)
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Village: San Luis del Rio
State: Oaxaca, Mexico
ABV: 48% - 50%
Master Distiller: Rafael Mendez Cruz
Distillery Name (Palenque): Los Mendez
Each batch/vintage of El Jolgorio expression may very slightly in the above information. Please contact us if you have any enquiries about a specific harvest.
In Zapotec (pre-hispanic culture from central Mexico) "Jolgorios" are moments of joy, celebration and remembrance. El Jolgrio Mezcal has created a range of artisanal Mezcales which reflect Mexican culture and tradition. This El Jolgorio expression is produced from 100% wild-harvest Agave Tepeztate; considered by many the “King” of Agaves. This diverse and rare Agave varietal is often found hanging horizontally from mountain cliffs. The Tepeztate used to produce this El Jologrio expression is harvested at 25 but can take up to 35 years to reach full maturity; making it one of the longest ageing Agaves. Its broad, twisted leaves allow it to retain more water than other Agaves which means its sugars are less concentrated resulting in small batches. Tepeztate is commonly a wild agave, however, due to the species' increasing rarity and potential for endangerment, El Jolgorio's producers are exploring the cultivation of Tepeztate seedlings in a nursery to be re-planted in the wild (i.e. semi-cultivated).