From the distillery – “Traditional, artisanal mezcal forms an important part of rituals, ceremonies and festivities – known as “Jolgorios” – in villages in our native homeland of Oaxaca, México. Our nine unique El Jolgorio Mezcals are made exclusively from different species and varieties of wild-harvested agave by Master Distillers in local indigenous Zapotec villages in Oaxaca, and are twice distilled in copper pot stills. On every bottle is inscribed the species of agave, the age at harvest, the village of production, the name of the Master Distiller, and the batch and lot number so as to truly transport and connect the drinker with the land, people, and plants at the heart and soul of our mezcal. Salud y Dixebe!”
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.