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Balam Raicilla del Llano

Balam Raicilla del Llano is full of fruity tones, smokiness, and wet earth. This raicilla is traditionally produced in Jalisco, Mexico.

Rating: (1 review)
ABV: 40%
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About this raicilla

Balam Raicilla del Llano is produced in Sierra Tuxcacuersco, Jalisco using agave Angustifolia. While Angustifolia is commonly used in mezcal production in Oaxaca, where most agave Angustifolia is referred to as Espadin, the Angustifolia from Jalisco smells, tastes, and feels quite different.


Balam Raicilla and Sotol was launched in 2016 by Xavier Villagran. He has taken careful consideration to find raicilleros that were previously not commercializing their raicilla, which has a reputation of being the moonshine of Mexico. Balam was the second brand of raicilla to legally enter the United States market. Villagrán sources artisanal spirits: mezcals in Oaxaca, raicilla in each of the three distilling regions of Jalisco (costa, sierra, llano), sotols from Chihuahua and Durango, and the rare churique from the tiny agave lechugilla.

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Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars8 months ago

40% abv, batch AR-V-18

Review #88: Nose is evergreen, mint candy, apple, and light florals. Palate has some weird chemicals, slightly creamy, floral, apple, cinnamon, and pear.

What’s really hurting this is the abv. It’s just too light overall. The flavors are good but they are not present enough to be enjoyable. If this were at a slightly higher proof like their other offerings i think it would be a solid offering.

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