El Jolgorio Barril Mezcal
El Jolgorio // Oaxaca, Mexico
El Jolgorio will never expand their operations at the cost of the flora and fauna of Oaxaca. Sustainability and the preservation of Oaxacan culture is paramount at El Jolgorio. These things are especially important when discussing rare, wild agave varietals like barril, which take over a decade to properly mature. El Jolgorio only produces mezcals from wild agave making production is quite small, rendering these mezcals rare treats.
Mezcal JovenA spirit distilled from one or more different varieties of agave. Can only be produced in designated areas within 8 different Mexican states. Must be bottled in México. This is unaged or aged in stainless steel or plastic containers before bottling.
"The nose here is unusually spicy and savory with bready notes of caraway, cumin, “curry”, mustard and a subtle herbal backbone. The flavors follow suit for the most part but does veer off a little just to keep things interesting. There is even more bread and caraway along with oregano, bergamot, an interesting saké like note followed by a burst of pure smoke on finish. The body is fairly rich and while quite enjoyable, it is more of an intellectual study in mezcal than a weekday quaffer."