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Alipus Destilado en Barro (San Miguel Sola)

Alipus Destilado en Barro is distilled in small clay pots, which is typical of the region of Sola de Vega, Oaxaca, where this mezcal is produced.

Rating: (15 reviews)
Cost:$$$$
Brand:Alipus Mezcal
NOM:NOM-O14X
Mezcalero:Felix Garcia, Jesus Rios, Leonardo Rojas
Agave / Maguey:Americana, Angustifolia, Arroqueno, Espadin
Distillation:Clay Pot
Style:Ensamble
State:Oaxaca
Town:Sola de Vega
ABV: 47%
Website: www.alipus.com
About this mezcal

Alipus Destilado en Barro is a small batch mezcal made using clay pot distillation and maguey Arroqueno (agave Americana).  There are three different mezcaleros who make this Mezcal, and the sticker on the neck of the bottle will tell you which mezcalero made that specific bottle. There are three possibilities for the mezcalero: Tio Leonardo (made by Leonardo Rojas), Tio Jesus (made by Jesus Rios), or Tio Felix (made by Felix Garcia).

Alipus Mezcal

Alipús was born in 1999, as a project of the Destilería Los Danzantes, with Don Joel Antonio and sons as the first producers, in San Juan del Río. Subsequently, Don Eduardo Hernández, of Santa Ana del Río, making Alipús Santa Ana mezcal; Don Cosme Hernandez and his son Cirilo in San Baltazar Guelavila, who make the Alipús San Baltazar mezcal; Don Valente Angel and sons, of Santa María La Pila, with the Alipús San Andrés mezcal. In 2013, Alipús San Luis was incorporated, made by Don Baltazar Cruz and sons, of San Luis del Río, and Alipús San Miguel, made by Don Felix García, Leonardo Rojas, and Tío Jesús in the Potrero Sola de Vega.

 

Craft Distillers’ tasting video

15 reviews

4.17 out of 5


James

James

2 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars3 weeks ago

Light funk on the nose, sweet and smoky, smells a little like cola. Palate is clay and spice, full mouthfeel, a little dark, earth. This bottle took a little while to open up. Very enjoyable, a little thick, not overly complex, but well balanced with strong flavors. Lot SMS001L/17 from Tio Leonardo.

Wanderingspider

Wanderingspider

32 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars3 months ago

I got a bottle of this in Playa del Carmen. Went through to pretty quick.
It was a pretty good sipper and it made some good cocktails too.
Smooth, clay, some citrus, funk not overly complex but the price was right! Solid Arroqueño ensamble!

booyaka2

booyaka2

3 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars3 months ago

Huge fan, sweet cirtice with clay funk right off the bat. pepper and spice followup. Has a stink that i love!!!!! Get it and enjoy.

stigibeu

stigibeu

32 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars3 months ago

4.25. Tio Pedro. Fresh, spring rain, citrus, minimal alcohol out of a Denver and Liely glass. Some sweet honey BBQ too, although not much. Moderate clay funk. A not unpleasant lemon pledge note too. Palate-smoke, more sweetness, some earthy bite towards the end. Super random note of grape dimetapp in the middle, but far less medicinal, if that makes sense. Very good mouthfeel for me. Long mineral finish, one you’d hold up there as the classic example of Olla de Barro distillation. This punches well above its price point. Value 4.75+, but I scored this one (and others) without taking that into account. Great mezcal.

4.25. Tio Pedro. Fresh, spring rain, citrus, minimal alcohol out of a Denver and Liely glass. Some sweet honey BBQ too, although not much. Moderate clay funk. A not unpleasant lemon pledge note too. Palate-smoke, more sweetness, some earthy bite towards the end. Super random note of grape dimetapp in the middle, but far less medicinal, if that makes sense. Very good mouthfeel for me. Long mineral finish, one you’d hold up there as the classic example of Olla de Barro distillation. This punches

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GeorgePBurdell

GeorgePBurdell

25 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars4 months ago

Lot: SMS003J/17
Lanolin and sweet lemon on the nose. Subtle vegetal, spice and pepper on the palate. Round mouthful, nice finish with some gentle heat.

t8ke

t8ke

90 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars4 months ago

Long, rich and filled with pepper, clay, lemons, cream and a nice cream cheese frosting note.

Nic Hnastchenko

Nic Hnastchenko

102 reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 stars2 years ago

Really really liked this one. Can’t remember the last Espadin I had by them but this was super smooth, nice bite, and had that clay pot coming through nicely. Think I need to get a clay pot distilled bottle next time I pick something up

Aequivinius

Aequivinius

6 reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 stars2 years ago

This one changes tremendously over time – give it 20 minutes in the glas, and the phenolic nose changes into a beautiful stew of mangos, bananas, limes cooked in butter; clove oil, too, and lemon balm freshness. Incredible texture, smooth and buttery; cinnamon spice. Wet clay in the finish, indeed. Very powerful mezcal, but gently so.

razorbackmike

razorbackmike

113 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars2 years ago

love this mezcal.the nose is sweet but has a funky cheese layer.the taste is sweet up front but the bold spicy arroqueno takes over mid way.the finish has a strong pepper bite.very little clay.unique and strong but not overwelming.has a good punch.delicious!

Chris

Chris

40 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars2 years ago

Super nose on this to start out. We began with some Rey Campero Sierra Negra tonight, which was very tasty. This was more floral. The middle on the mouth was great too. Not sure what to say about the aftertaste though. You would think copper rather than clay. Perhaps just a more mineral finish. Not off putting, but unusual given the rest of the flavors coming out of this. I’m looking forward to trying a limited edition Alipus 100% arroqueno in the next day or so.

Porter

Porter

1 review
Rated 5 out of 5 stars3 years ago

Tio Leonardo is one of my all time favorites. Savory and complex with sweet smoke, deep earth and chocolate undertones. It’s everything I could want in a Mezcal.

Tyler

Tyler

396 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars4 years ago

Vegetal and earthy on the nose. This 80/20 blend is bursting with delicious Arroqueno flavor. There are notes of dried tobacco, grape, black pepper, and citrus. This mezcal is like a very complex espadin, approachable and supremely enjoyable. Lot SMS001L/14 from Tio Leonardo.

Jonny

Jonny

425 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars4 years ago

The bottle I tried was from Tio Leonardo. This starts out sweet and a little spicy and then moves into greater complexity and more Arroqueno flavor. It’s a bit vegetal and fruity with notes of fresh berries, but this really straddles the line between fruit and spice. It’s perfectly balanced with a full mouthfeel. Fantastic!

3chainz

3chainz

19 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars4 years ago

Sweet fragrance and light mouth feel.

Taste is complex, earthy, with vegetal notes

Keith

Keith

34 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars4 years ago

Leonardo – funk, earth, clay; not the sweet side of Espadin or Arroqueno. I give it four stars for its strength of character, but would give it three and a half stars if that option were available. To be clear, I like funk, it is a good thing.

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