El Jolgorio translates to “the revelry”. Jolgorios are small festivals that spin and dance in vibrant colors down cobblestone and dirt roads in remote, mountain villages throughout Oaxaca, Mexico. They celebrate births, deaths, weddings and Saint’s days. For centuries, the lifeblood of these celebrations has been traditional mezcal.
Distilled from responsibly-harvested, wild, and semi-cultivated varieties of agave, each expression of Mezcal El Jolgorio honors the traditions and culture of the families who craft them. This rare collection of mezcals is brought to you by the Cortés family, 6th generation mezcal producers themselves, who have brought together a tight-knit group of rural, family palenques (rustic distilleries) throughout the Vallés Centralés (Central Valleys) region. Together, with these families, they work to ensure the preservation of mezcal culture for future generations. Each edition of Mezcal El Jolgorio represents the finest example of that variety of agave and always a single batch of production.
From harvest through distillation, every step is guided by hand and the final spirit demonstrates the unique artistry and expertise of each maestro mezcalero (master distiller). Every expression of Mezcal El Jolgorio is made in the traditional way; small batches of hand harvested agave, wood-fire roasted in earthen pits, wild fermented and distilled in copper stills.
Each bottle is marked with the species of agave, the age at harvest, the village and name of palenque, the name of the maestro mezcalero, and the batch and lot number so as to truly connect the drinker with the land, people, and plants at the heart and soul of our mezcal. Salud y Dixeebe!
CUIXE (Agave karwinskii)
Like its relatives in the karwinskii family (Madrecuixe, Barril, Tobaziche and Cenizo) Cuixe grows in a stalk-like form versus the fanned shape of more familiar agaves. Its piña (heart of agave with its leaves removed) resembles a log as opposed to a pineapple like most other agaves. Cuixe is slightly smaller than the Madrecuixe and has a dense, dry piña.