Alipus Santa Ana is made by mezcalero Hernandez Melchor in the small community of Santa Ana, Oaxaca.
Alipus Santa Ana
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About this mezcal
Alipus Santa Ana is made with agave Espadin in Santa Ana, Oaxaca. Mezcalero Hernandez Melchor cooks the agave in an underground stone oven, ferments with wild, naturally occurring yeasts, and distills this mezcal in copper stills.
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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Charred green chiles (Bell Pepper, Pablano) spicy Jalapeño, earth and fire, Juicy Fruit bubblegum some tropical fruit and a hint of Dulce de Leche. Another great mezcal from Alipus!
Cy Bister26 reviews
SAR101/20. Very green and sweet on the nose; slightly mineral with grass, juniper, vanilla, with some undertones of a typical mezcal smoke. Definitely sweet yet understated on the front, with a very balanced combination of smoke and pepper on the finish. And some nice heat thanks to that 47.5% ABV. As the sips go on, distinctly semi-sweet dark chocolate notes are growing and pairing up with the vanilla sweetness. Interesting, and worth the price.
Solid cheap mezcal.
I was expecting much more grass but instead… on opening, very noticeable vanilla flavor. First sip — incredibly sweet, might be the sweetest mezcal I’ve had. Still feeling vanilla, pretty drinkable, not too harsh. Very pronounced hemp flavor in an after taste. Overall this feels akin to drinking a dessert wine like Sauternes, almost mead-y. I think I quite like it, when you’re on a mood for something like this.
(Lot SAR002/19, Bot 1006 / 1094)
Pine, vanilla, and wet stone on the nose. Round and sweet in the mouth. Medium finish with the pine and vanilla drifting a touch to the chemical side but not so much to be unpleasant.
Really different from the nose. Confectioners sugar, pepper, sulfur, ammonia, brine, and light rubber. Powerful and savory in a very chemical forward manner.
Delicious and savory. Not too overpowering, but a really powerful set of notes.
Gerry Suazo7 reviews
Great sweetness with light earthy smoke. Amazing for the price.
(Lot SAR103/19, bottle 335/1300)
Lovely mineral and green mezcal with pine notes. Gentle final heat.
Terroir at its best!
Alipus Joven Mezcal Santa Ana / 95 proof
Tahona milled, copper still. Lighter body. Nice mix of agave and smoke, pepper. Compared to the Alipus San Juan, this has more agave and less smoke, and for me reaches a great balance. Of the “single village” Alipus mezcals this is my favorite. (And I’m glad I did not see the “acetone scent” comment before I ordered a bottle of this – yikes!)
(Lot SAR010/16, bottle 328/1064)
The green bottle is fitting because this Alipus has a lot of piney notes. My bottle has sat half-full for quite a while so it has really opened up. There are other flavors of tobacco, wood, and charred fruit. A nice mezcal for the price point.
Like many of the other Alipus mezcals, this is a pure expression of terroir. There’s lot of vanilla and pine on the nose. The pine stays strong in the taste and meshes with mineral notes and little heat. Overall, this is good mezcal. Like other Alipus mezcals, the pricing makes this a great deal.