Arroqueño, Mezcal, El Jolgorio (BB)
Traditional mezcal forms an important part of rituals, ceremonies and festivities—known as “jolgorios”—in the rural and indigenous Zapotec villages of Oaxaca, Mexico.
Created by the Cortés family, El Jolgorio is widely acknowledged as one of the finest collections of agave spirits available. The ever-changing lineup of mezcales represent the most rare expressions the family bottles: wild, semi-wild and cultivated agaves, rare pechuga distillations, and small batches rested in glass for three, six, or as much as eighteen years before release.
From batch to batch, an individual variety of agave will generally be sourced from different mezcaleros, in different regions, reducing the pressure put upon any one community’s agave population and spreading the financial benefits among families all over Oaxaca – but the unmatched quality of El Jolgorio mezcales remains the same.
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Among the largest of all agave, Arroqueño (Agave americana) is an overwhelming sight to behold. Maturing between 13 and 25 years, the variety was almost extinct just a couple of decades ago, due to overharvesting for the production of mezcal.
Maestro Mezcalero “Tio” Pedro Vasquez is among those credited with helping to nurse the subspecies back from the brink of extinction, and is widely acknowledged as one of the true masters of its distillation. As such, Tio Pedro is the only mezcalero to distill Arroqueño batches released under the El Jolgorio label.
Arroqueño is also a special release for El Jolgorio. Offered in a distinctive black glass reminiscent of the black clay jugs mezcal was historically stored in, the opaque bottle accentuates the preciousness and singularity of the spirit inside.