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Alipus San Andres

Alipus San Andres is a high quality Mezcal. This Mezcal is made by Don Valente Angel Garcia Juarez. He is a fairly high profile Mezcalero who makes several varieties of Mezcal that all carry his unique flavor.

Rating: (8 reviews)
Brand:Alipus Mezcal
NOM:NOM-O14X
Mezcalero:Don Valente Angel
Agave:Bicuishe, Espadin
Distillation:Copper
Style:Ensamble
State:Oaxaca
Town:San Andres
ABV: 44%
Release year: 2009
Website: http://www.alipus.com/
About this mezcal

Alipus San Andres is a high quality Mezcal.  The land around Don Valente’s destileria is a high rolling plateau at some 5000 feet, which gives this Mezcal a particularly interesting taste. The soil is mostly shale, which is not typically good for growing vegetation of any kind. Don Valente’s Mezcals have unusually well-defined flavors and aromas, and this Mezcal is no different.  He is the Mezcalero behind many different blends and all of his Mezcals carry his unique flavor.

Alipus Mezcal

Alipús is a social project that seeks to generate rural economy in Oaxaca through making and commercializing artisan mezcal. These are mezcales jóvenes (unaged), made by a small family distilleries.  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 is incorporated, made by Don Baltazar Cruz and sons, of San Luis del Río, and Alipús San Miguel, made by Don Felix García and Leonardo Rojas in the Potrero Sola de Vega.

 

Craft Distillers’ tasting video

 

Alipus Mezcal review on Mezcalistas blog

 

8 reviews

3.9 of out 5 stars


JRB on Apr 10, 2018

11 reviews

  • Overall:

Alipus Joven Mezcal San Andres / 94 proof
Electric milled, copper still. Heavier and oily. Smoky, similar to Alipus San Juan, with some black pepper. Very good but seems to push smoke at the expense of complexity.

This was my first Alipus, but is now the 4th favorite of the 4 I’ve tried (though I’d happily buy any of them again). Perhaps I am a bit biased because this is the closest thing to “mass produced” of the Alipus line.
(Lot SAM013/16, bottle 1030/3008.)

Alipus Joven Mezcal San Andres / 94 proof
Electric milled, copper still. Heavier and oily. Smoky, similar to Alipus San Juan, with some black pepper. Very good but seems to push smoke at the expense of complexity.
This was my first Alipus, but is now the 4th favorite of the 4 I’ve tried (though I’d happily buy any of them again). Perhaps I am a bit biased because this is the closest thing to “mass produced” of the Alipus line.
(Lot SAM013/16, bottle 1030/3008.)

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SeattleMezcalLover on Jun 6, 2017

9 reviews

  • Overall:

I found this one to be pretty heavy on the smoke side, which I enjoy, and generally quite nice. However, it is not very balanced. I would recommend the blue bottle of Alipus over this. It is not perfect balanced either but sweeter, also very smoky, and more interesting.

razorbackmike on May 24, 2017

87 reviews

  • Overall:

good mezcal for the price.reminds me (slightly) of the amaras cupreata.slight vinegar with honeysuckle.semisweet wiih pepper.has a strong alcohol bite.very good but not 4 star.

Tyler on Dec 1, 2016

245 reviews

  • Overall:

Like many of Don Valente Angel’s excellent mezcals, this spirit is full of delicious minerality. It’s velvety on the palate. This espadin is fruity, hints of salt, and soft floral notes. Probably my favorite of the five Alipus offerings, though I’m admittedly partial to the flavors of this Don Angel’s mezcals. Lot SAM006/15

Jonny on Nov 26, 2016

265 reviews

  • Overall:

Lot SAM007/15. Lots of lavender, flowers, and perfume on the nose. The first sip is also very floral before moving to notes of almond, vanilla, and papaya. This Alipus is mostly fruit-forward. For an Espadin, this has a lot of diverse tastes and a lot of fruit and perfume. The Pink, Purple, and Blue Alipus are my favorites, but they’re all worth trying.

Sandy on Sep 19, 2016

11 reviews

  • Overall:

Although popular in the bars around Austin, I found the alcohol overpowering. Must make a tasty cocktail!

Larry on Sep 17, 2016

  • Overall:

First sip and I could tell this Mezcal was in a league of its own. It has that perfect balance. Not too strong and not too fruity. Put San Andres on that TOP shelf!

Mary Batchelor on Sep 17, 2016

  • Overall:

Alipus San Andres is an easy sipping mezcal. Smokey, bright, and not too strong. Great taste for introducing friends to mezcal.

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