Sierrudo 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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Every so often, Don José Cortés, the oldest living member of the Cortés family and the inspiration for the entire El Jolgorio range, comes out of retirement to oversee the production of only the most special mezcales. El Jolgorio Sierrudo is one of those magical moments.
Maturing at 13 -15 years, Sierrudo is a subvarietal of Agave americana, meaning that it’s closely related to Arroqueño and Coyote. Like its cousins, it grows to be very large: the average weight of the piña can clock in around a whopping 230 kg, with such a high concentration of sugars that a single agave can yield around 15-20 liters of mezcal. Which is unheard of. The agaves for this release were cultivated in a wild environment (i.e. semi-cultivated) in Agua del Guaje, San Pedro Lachigoba, San Carlos Yautepec.
Sierrudo is 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.