Pechuga Navidena, 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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Feliz Navidad! Christmas Mezcal! Only one batch of this holiday mezcal is produced each year. Slightly different from El Jolgorio’s standard Pechuga release, this special Christmas recipe contains mandarinas (small citrus fruit that are less sweet and more acidic than common mandarins available in the U.S.) and tejocote, the fruit of the hawthorn tree. These fruits are local to Oaxaca and available for a very short time each year. Other ingredients special to this recipe are also added to the still on the second distillation, including raisins, apricots, pineapples, apples, bananas, anise, and almonds, along with a raw turkey breast that is hung inside the still cap.