Alipús San Miguel Special Edition 2018 was produced in August 2015 by Don Jesús Ríos using 100% maguey Arroqueño and stored for aging until June 2018.
Alipús San Miguel 2018
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|Mezcalero:||Jesus Rios, Leonardo Rojas|
|ABV:||47.5% or 48%|
|Website:||http://www.alipus.com/, opens in new window|
About this mezcal
Alipús San Miguel Special Edition 2018 was produced in August 2015 by Don Jesús Ríos in Potrero, San Miguel Sola de Vega, Oaxaca using 4950 kg. of maguey Arroqueño (agave Americana) grown in Agua de Chano, near Los Sabinos Sola de Vega. The mezcal was stored for aging and then bottled in June 2018. A batch bottled for exclusive sale in duty-free stores in Mexican airports was produced by Don Leonardo Rojas in September and October 2018 using 53% maguey Arroqueño and 47% maguey Espadin. Both mezcaleros crush their agaves by hand and distill in clay pots in Sola de Vega.
Known batch information:
- 500 liters (Lot. AESM-003) by Don Jesús
- 293 liters (Lot. AESM-006) by Don Jesús
- 1,317 bottles (Lot. AESM-008) by Don Leonardo
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.
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I bought a bottle of the 2016 special edition LOT AESM/001 after trying it in restaurant Los Danzantes, Oaxaca in 2016. I remember enjoying the taster emmensly. After opening today I found the first caballito dissapointingly flat so decided to pour another and let it breath a while which really opened it up. Clay pot and nice mineral a really great example of my favourite maguey. Really enjoying with cacahuates con ajitos y chiles de arból….salúd!
I have the 2016 special edition Arroqueno, which is by Tio Leonardo. Bottle 949 / 1140 Lote AESM/001 48.7%. The label is the same, but the color has a little more red in it. 7,930kg of agave yielded 835 litres. Really nice, but was overshadowed last night by the Papa Diablo black label Arroqueno. One thing I thought unusual about this was that it tasted better immediately out of the bottle. After it sat in the glass for a little while, it lost something.
Wow, lots of clay on this one, very apparent on the nose, along with some vegetal notes. Followed by a good blast of cayenne pepper heat, and then some cardamom spice. Texture is a little oily, but ends on the sweet side before circling back to lingering clay for a long finish. Really rounded in that sense. Definitely worth a few minutes opening up on the counter before sipping, which I find surprising at 48%. (lot AESM-006)