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A regal name for a regal Mexican agave Spirit.
There's a saying in Mexico that goes something like this: "If Mezcal is king, Raicilla is the queen." Well, "La Reina" is Spanish for "the queen". You see where this is going, right? La Reina Raicilla comes from Anteguillo, a municipality of Jalisco, Mexico. It's there that the agave maximiliana thrives in the shady and hilly areas. Only 10% of the agave in the region can be harvested, meaning that sustainability is an integral part of the game. Harvesting the ripe, 7 to 9-year-old agaves is just as important as nursing the seeds and replanting the young agave.
La Reina Raicilla Blanco Ancestral is crafted by Julio Topete Bercerra, starting with the ripe agave maximiliana that gets cooked in an oven, mashed by hand in hollowed tree trunks, before being left to ferment in open oak barrels for a week. The Raicilla then gets distilled twice in stainless steel pots. Bottled at 80 proof, it's fruity, spicy, and complex, yet fresh and citrusy ― just how a Raicilla should be.
Appearance / Color
Nose / Aroma / Smell
The nose has fruity agave notes along with plenty of citrus, toast, and hints of nutmeg.
Flavor / Taste / Palate
It's fruity on the palate with cooked agave, a healthy dose of spice, lemon zest, and a touch of orange. Then there's the green notes and herbal hints along with some white pepper.
The finish is fresh with citrus, orange zest, and a touch of spice.
The Flavor Spiral™ shows the most common flavors that you'll taste in La Reina Raicilla Mezcal and gives you a chance to have a taste of it before actually tasting it.
We invented Flavor Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.