Raicilla, Estancia Distillery
In 2014, Rio Chenery left New York City for the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico, with the hope of making a unique tipple. In the 1960’s, his Mexican grandfather, who worked for the Tecate beer company, stumbled across a rare agave spirit in the small mountain town of Mascota on a business trip and fell in love with it. The locals called it Raicilla, meaning “little root”, and over the years it became a family favorite. Fast forward 50 years and Estancia Distillery is founded with the vision of bringing this rare agave spirit to the world. Inspired by 19th century apothecary products, the bottle is hand crafted and made from old recycled Coca-Cola bottles. Raicilla (pronounced rye-see-ya) is an agave spirit rooted in folklore and tradition. With a 400 year history in Mexico, this artisan spirit highlights the floral characteristics of the Maximiliana agave. From the heart or “piña” of this agave surfaces a bouquet of light citrus and floral aromas that are joined by notes of hibiscus, beach plum, and pineapple. In comparison to its agave cousins, Tequila and Mezcal, Raicilla is considered the most fragrant and floral spirit in the agave family.