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Donaji Joven

Donaji Joven is traditionally produced and carries flavor notes of cooked agave, wet earth, sweet pineapple, and orange.

About this mezcal

Donaji Joven is made with agave Espadin in Las Margaritas, San Pedro Totolapam, Oaxaca. It’s made traditionally using a horno, horse-drawn tahona, and it’s fermented in cypress wood. After fermentation, it’s double distilled in a copper still. The region of San Pedro Totolapam has irregular ground where only 0.94% is used for agriculture. The vegetation that predominates is mostly jungle, making this an odd place to harvest agave. This mezcal has herbal aromas of fresh earth and smoke. The taste is upfront with notes of cooked agave and charred sweet pineapple.

Donaji Mezcal

Traditionally, Oaxaca has been dominated by the Zapotec and Mixtec cultures. King Cosijoeza, ruler of the city of Zaachila, had a daughter to whom he gave the name of “Donají” meaning “grand soul.” The Mixtecs and Zapotecs had a series of violent disputes, causing the Mixtecs to take revenge on the King by sacrificing his daughter, the Princess Donají, she was laid to rest near the Atoyac river. It is said that years later when her body was found, it was still in perfect condition. From her head, beautiful species of wild lilies had grown. This image was immediately converted to be the symbol of the Zapotec town. In 1828, a shield for the State of Oaxaca was created on which the head of the Princess Donají is lying down. The State government no longer uses the shield, but it was adopted by the City Council of the State of Oaxaca of Juárez and has been their official seal since 1928.

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Rated 3 out of 5 stars6 years ago

So for me this is not my favorite style of mezcal. Less emphasis on the extreme smoke and leather. I will say though this is very nice still. I get a very smooth, nutty, lite smoke flavor. There are also herbal and earthy notes. If you are looking for something smoother without as much bite this might be what you want. This reminds me a lot of Se Busca joven as well.

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