Mezonte Raicilla Japo Agave Spirit 750ml

Mezonte Raicilla Japo Agave Spirit 750ml

$149.95

SKU: 18680

  • WHY: For those who like flavorful and aromatic tequila, it only makes sense to start exploring the other great agave spirit of Jalisco: racilla. If you want to start right at the top, there are few racillas more beloved and treasured than this Mezonte edition made by Hildegardo “Japo” Joya. Vibrant on the palate with bold citrus flavors and sweet spices, think of it as tequila on steroids.
  • HOW: Japo’s operation is located in Cabo Corrientes. a paradise off the coast of Puerto Vallarta where the saline soil and the papaya, banana, bonnet, watermelon and coffee crops bring a variety of flavors to mezcal. "Japo" harvests only three types of maguey at that site: Ash, Green and Yellow, the latter being the most widely used variety for raicilla. The Yellow maguey takes between 8 and 13 years to mature, while the Cenizo can take up to 35 years to reach its maximum splendor. The cooked agaves usually stay 26 days underground, after which they are crushed with parota mallets on stone canoes. 
  • WHAT: Mezonte is a revered bottler of Mexican spirits, dedicated to preserving the country’s many distillation traditions and keeping its rural distillers in business. Japo Joya is one such distiller. At 87 years of age, he continues to clear the land day after day, aided only by his machete. He is an eternally young man who knows how to enjoy life and remains committed to his work planting agaves every year, even knowing that he will not be the one to harvest some of them. 

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