Espadín, Mezcal, El Jolgorio
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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Not just any Espadín mezcal, every batch released under the El Jolgorio label is wildly unique, a bottle to be coveted. Sourced from numerous renowned mezcaleros from the Casa Cortés stable and beyond, any Espadín from the brand must be rested in glass (“madurado en vidrio”) for a minimum of 3 years before bottling. That’s just a starting place; some batches have been resting glass and tote for nearly two decades before the family selected them for release. Others are rare one-offs from otherwise unavailable mezcaleros, such as the notorious 2009 batch from Don Celso Luís Santiago, or the historic 2000 batch made by the Cortés family patriarch, Jose Cortés Santiago, to mark his retirement from distillation. Still others come from familiar Cortés family producers, but are made from agave which were handled differently: capón (castrated) for months in the field before harvest, to concentrate the agave’s natural sugars, or allowed to rest and develop bacteria before fermentation.
Whatever each batch brings, you can expect it to be a totally new experience, and to be totally badass.