El Jolgorio Ancestral Coyote is the first mezcal released by El Jolgorio that was distilled by a woman and first distilled in clay pots.
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|Brand:||El Jolgorio Mezcal|
|Mezcalero:||Justina Ruiz Perez|
|Town:||Sola de Vega|
|Age of plant:||14 years|
|Batch size:||195 liters (February 2021 batch)|
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About this mezcal
El Jolgorio Ancestral Coyote represents a new chapter in the El Jolgorio range of mezcals. This ancestral mezcal is produced by Maestra Mezcalera: Doña Justina Ruiz Perez in Sola de Vega, Oaxaca using clay pots. The inaugural batch was distilled in February 2021 using 14 year old Maguey Coyote (Agave americana). The agaves were cooked underground for 2 days, crushed by hand using wooden mallets, fermented for 6 days in wooden vats, and double distilled in clay pots.
El Jolgorio Mezcal
El Jolgorio translates to “the revelry”. Jolgorios are small festivals that occur in remote, mountain villages throughout Oaxaca, Mexico. They celebrate births, deaths, weddings and Saint’s days. For centuries, the lifeblood of these celebrations has been traditional mezcal. In 2010, the Cortés family began building a collective of top mezcal distillers from around Oaxaca. As of 2019, El Jolgorio represents sixteen different families, working in ten different regions of Oaxaca, Mexico, each with its own special story. Every bottle is hand-marked with the specific details of each batch, to truly connect the drinker with the family behind the expression.
In 2017, the team behind the brand realized that certain varieties of agave would be extremely limited and they would only be able to make them available once per year (if at all). They began packaging these rare editions in black bottles to set them apart from the other releases.
The artwork on the first 8 releases was created by Alejandro Peña (Espadin, Pechuga, Tobala, Cuixe, Madrecuixe, Tepeztate, Barril and Mexicano). The next 5 labels were created by Asis Cortes (Arroqueno, Jabalin, Coyote, Tobaxiche, and Cenizo) and the Sierrudo artwork was created by Alberto Almánza.