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Apaluz Joven

Apaluz Joven is distilled by mezcalero Antonio Panuco using mature agave Durangensis in the state of Durango.

Rating: (5 reviews)
Brand:Apaluz Mezcal
Mezcalero:Antonio Panuco
ABV: 40%
Age of plant: 12 years
Website: https://apaluz.com.mx/, opens in new window

About this mezcal

Apaluz Joven is distilled by mezcalero Antonio Panuco (alias The Tiger) using mature estate-grown agave Durangensis (around 12 years old) in the state of Durango. It is cooked for 3 days in a volcanic stone oven using firewood of huizache, pine and oak. The oven is covered with sacks of ixtle, pine leaf, wet grass, and silt soil from a nearby stream. The cooked plants are hand-mashed with sharp axes before being transferred into oak wood vats to ferment with proprietary yeast and well-water. Later it is distilled in a copper pot still that is covered with a thick piece of pine. This mezcal has smoky notes, aromas of citrus fruits, honey and almonds. Apaluz Mezcal is family-owned and represents three generations of mezcal production.

Apaluz Mezcal

Apaluz is a 100% Mexican-owned company that is dedicated to the production and marketing of Artisanal Mezcal. Additionally, Apaluz markets products derived from agave, worm and grasshopper salt, liqueurs made from mezcal (including flavors like tamarind, coffee, and mint), and other regional products from Durango.

Member rating

3.4 out of 5

5 reviews



7 reviews
Rated 3 out of 5 stars2 years ago

Lot apaj003

Nose: lactose in the best way, like a cheese cake with berries, some citrus blended in there, buttery

Palate: soft, subtle citrus rind, agave, butter

Finish: butter transitions to the finish, with some tingly spice, very little smoke, and a more bitter lime peel note

Not overly complex but a fantastic bottle for cocktails or an intro to mezcal for those who only associate the spirit with smoke.



14 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars3 years ago

Easy sipper. Low smoke. Cheesy, as others have mentioned. Very solid if not a standout



647 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars3 years ago

Juicy Fruit gum. Lots of sweet notes. I let it open up for a bit and there isn’t much funk. There is a slight banana syrup flavor. Nice mezcal for the price. Doesn’t seem watery at all. Slight sour yellow Starburst on the finish. Lot APAJ003. From 10/2018.

Zack Klamn

Zack Klamn

542 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars3 years ago

Lote: APAJ003 (10/2018)
Nose: Subtle aged / funky creaminess. Blueberries.

Palate: Half and half cream with a sprinkle of sugar. Honey smoked beef jerky and cojita cheese finish.

Excellent cenzio mezcal especially for the price.



708 reviews
Rated 3 out of 5 stars4 years ago

Lot APAJ003. From 10/2018. Really nice for the price. A bit cheesy and funky in a very Durango way. Hints of sharp cheddar, cream cheese, and some slight meat/hide flavor. The meatiness is there, but it’s mild. Light finish. The low ABV makes this really accessible and a good place to start if you’ve never had mezcal from Durango.

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