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Balam Raicilla Sierra

Balam Raicilla Sierra is a funky spirit from the state of Jalisco. It's packed with notes of pineapples, wild herbs, and stony minerality.

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Raicillero:Rosalio Rodriguez
ABV: 43%-45%
Age of plant: 7-10 years
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About this raicilla

Balam Raicilla Sierra is from the town of Mascota, which is surrounded by pine-covered mountains. This raicilla is made from agave Maximiliana that is cooked in wood-fired masonry ovens. After cooking, the agave are fermented and then distilled in stainless steel stills.


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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