200ML- Mezonte, Racilla Japo, Agave Spirit (Jalisco, Mexico) 200ML
Producer Notes: Mezonte Raicilla Japo is made with maguey Amarillo (agave Rhodacantha), which is either synonymous or very closely related to maguey Mexicano. This Raicilla is made by Hildegardo “Japo” Joya in Cabo Corrientes, Jalisco. Japo is 87 years old (as of 2019) and still producing regularly. Per tradition in this region, he only harvests agave under the light of a full moon.
WHAT IS RACILLA? Raicilla is the name for certain regional mezcales of western Jalisco. Two different regions of Jalisco – the western sierra and the coast range – produce raicilla with distinct types of agave and production methods. Sierra raicilla is produced primarily in and around the municipalities of Mascota and San Sebastián del Oeste. Here, we focus more on the coastal raicillas from the municipality of Cabo Corrientes. Raicilla culture in many ways resembles that of tequila 300 years ago.
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