Alipus San Juan del Rio Mezcal
  • Category Mezcal
  • Country Mexico
  • Region Oaxaca
  • Distillery Los Danzantes
  • Age NAS
  • Style Mezcal Joven
  • Alcohol 47.5%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
  • fruit
  • smoky
  • peaty
  • agave
  • earthy
  • sweet
  • oak
  • bitter
  • grassy

Alipus

San Juan del Rio Mezcal (0.75l, 47.5%)
Price $51.99

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The smokiest Alipus.

Distilled by youthful maestro mezcalero Rodolfo Juan Juarez, this Espadín reflects high-altitude terroir on an upland plateau irrigated only by the rain. The use of the “del Rio” name is well advised because this distillery literally fronts onto and overlooks a river which supplies the piped-in water for the stills. 
 
This is a very fruity Mezcal with a full-throated agave flavor. It's the fruit of non-irrigated Espadín “grown in sunny mountain-top plantings in ferriferous soil at 4,600 feet.”  It is pit-roasted using black oak. Fermentation in tall red-oak vats is deliberately slow, creating a distinctive fruity richness. This is a big mouthful of a Mezcal that combines all the core sensations of agave fruit, smoke, and sweetness, with a structural minerality. This is definitely a Mezcal that would appeal to fans of peaty Scotch.
 
  • Category Mezcal
  • Country Mexico
  • Region Oaxaca
  • Distillery Los Danzantes
  • Age NAS
  • Style Mezcal Joven
  • Alcohol 47.5%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
Appearance / Color 
Completely clear
 
Nose / Aroma / Smell 
Smokey and kind of sweet
 
Flavor / Taste / Palate
Fruity, agave forward, with some brininess
 
Finish
Peaty smoke and viscous on the mouth
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  • fruit
  • smoky
  • peaty
  • agave
  • earthy
  • sweet
  • oak
  • bitter
  • grassy
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Character Dogson
While Mezcal is produced all across Mexico, most of the Mezcal we see is produced in the state of Oaxaca. Interestingly, over 70% of Mezcal is made from the Espadín agave—even though more than 20 types of agave are used to make Mezcal.

Espadín. That word means “sword” in Spanish because the leaves look like a mass of swords projecting out of the plant. Espadín Mezcals are most common because it has been the easiest agave to cultivate.

All Tequila is Mezcal, but not all Mezcal is Tequila.
All Tequila is Mezcal, but not all Mezcal is Tequila.
Espadín. That word means “sword” in Spanish because the leaves look like a mass of swords projecting out of the plant. Espadín Mezcals are most common because it has been the easiest agave to cultivate.
Los Danzantes has a variety of limited edition agave spirits from many states other than Oaxaca but they are only sold within Mexico.
While Mezcal is produced all across Mexico, most of the Mezcal we see is produced in the state of Oaxaca. Interestingly, over 70% of Mezcal is made from the Espadín agave—even though more than 20 types of agave are used to make Mezcal.
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Character Dogson
While Mezcal is produced all across Mexico, most of the Mezcal we see is produced in the state of Oaxaca. Interestingly, over 70% of Mezcal is made from the Espadín agave—even though more than 20 types of agave are used to make Mezcal.

Espadín. That word means “sword” in Spanish because the leaves look like a mass of swords projecting out of the plant. Espadín Mezcals are most common because it has been the easiest agave to cultivate.

All Tequila is Mezcal, but not all Mezcal is Tequila.
All Tequila is Mezcal, but not all Mezcal is Tequila.
Espadín. That word means “sword” in Spanish because the leaves look like a mass of swords projecting out of the plant. Espadín Mezcals are most common because it has been the easiest agave to cultivate.
Los Danzantes has a variety of limited edition agave spirits from many states other than Oaxaca but they are only sold within Mexico.
While Mezcal is produced all across Mexico, most of the Mezcal we see is produced in the state of Oaxaca. Interestingly, over 70% of Mezcal is made from the Espadín agave—even though more than 20 types of agave are used to make Mezcal.
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