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El Jolgorio Arroqueno

El Jolgorio Arroqueno is made in small batches so they can keep the production sustainable while conserving younger wild agave plants.

Rating: (14 reviews)
Cost:$$$$
Brand:El Jolgorio Mezcal
NOM:NOM-O98X
Mezcalero:Pedro Vasquez
Agave:Arroqueno
Distillation:Copper
Style:Joven
State:Oaxaca
Town:Miahuatlan
ABV:~50%
Release year:2013
Website:https://backbarproject.com/portfolio/casa-cortes/
About this mezcal

El Jolgorio Arroqueno is made from 100% semi-wild agave Arroqueno. The agave Arroqueno is significant because of it’s large size. Typically, this agave can take up to 25 years to mature, before it is pit roasted in a traditional fashion. Given the length of time needed to grow this elegant agave, sustainability of Arroqueno has become a big issue. Fortunately, El Jolgorio only makes this mezcal in small batches so they can keep the production sustainable while conserving younger wild agave plants. Newer releases of this mezcal come in a black bottle.

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.

 

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14 reviews

4.46 out of 5


El_Roberto

El_Roberto

11 reviews
5 months ago

Smell of banana cream. Quite smoky with a heavy, full bodied punch. Some hints of tropical fruit but it’s smokiness and punch hide anything distinct.

Rakhal

Rakhal

154 reviews
6 months ago

Edición 07, 2018, Pedro Vasquez, Black bottle. Tasted in Mezcalogia, Oaxaca City. Very hot, nail polish remover, rubbing alcohol, dirty socks. One of my favorite Mezcaleros but none of us liked this one. I’m very surprised this got bottled.

Gatekeeper

Gatekeeper

8 reviews
8 months ago

Edition 09 from 2018 by Pedro Vasquez. Black Bottle 233/264, 53% ABV.

Excellent powerful arroqueno. Nose a little hot with heavy notes of tropical fruit as other reviewers have noted. Palate follows through with more rich tropical fruit like bright green mango, plus an earth and mineral note. Full bodied but not hot. Complex finish of fruit and earth but shorter than expected considering how much flavor the palate packed. Delicious and highly drinkable like turbocharged Espadin!

Ben

Ben

4 reviews
8 months ago

Surprisingly smooth drinking for 53%. Shades of earth with a sour finish. A little cream to offset the spice, and hints of berry and tropical fruits. But overall balanced, but a bit boring.

jgerdes

jgerdes

7 reviews
1 year ago

What a delight, even though it is hard to find. Very fruity to me, similar to the Tobala, but packing more flavor. Citrus fruits, but also an earth bite that mix’s well. Smooth, but VERY complex.

GreenspointTexas

GreenspointTexas

174 reviews
2 years ago

May be the best mezcal ive ever had… good lord this is perfect. A desert island mezcal. Wish I had bought another bottle. There is no heat, no burn, and the finish is nuanced and complex while it disappears over a few min with every sip.

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PhilBrunski

PhilBrunski

19 reviews
2 years ago

The best mezcal I’ve ever tasted. Older edition clear bottle, notes of citrus and banana on the nose and palate. Looking forward to trying the newer edition black bottle on the way. Very different from the Del maguey arroqueno. Much brighter and just a fantastic bottle. I’d be happy drinking this and nothing else if I could only choose one mezcal. Absolutely beautiful.

thamthong

thamthong

47 reviews
2 years ago

pretty sure this was edition 4. candied banana and bright tropical fruit on the nose, palate follows suit with a big hit of herbaceousness to balance things out. arroquenos seem to drink boozier than other agaves for me and this was no exception, though that bite isn’t entirely unwanted when drinking mezcal. as far as el jolgorio is concerned, between this and the jabali, i’d go with this.

Wanderingspider

Wanderingspider

30 reviews
2 years ago

Edition 3, 2015, BTL 17/225.
Very exciting. On the nose is wet terra cotta and slight fruitiness although quite dry. Definitely warm with the high ABV. Pleasant earthiness, think moist black earth with peppery notes. Long lingering finish that shows some minerality. Glad to have had the last dram available at my local.

c_woodger

c_woodger

4 reviews
2 years ago

One of my favorite Mezcales by far. The nose, like Espadin, carries a lot of citrus and herbal notes backed with tropical fruit. I got fermented banana. On the palate, very smooth given the high alcohol content with a slight “grippyness” for want of a better word. All in all, the palate confirms the analysis of the nose.

Squashplayer

Squashplayer

33 reviews
3 years ago

Edition 5 from 2016, 49.5% ABV. I love this mezcal. Very smooth with mint and citrus flavors. Not as smokey as some other Arroquenos I have tasted. Only 350 bottles made so may have to reach for this one, but well worth it.

COak

COak

92 reviews
3 years ago

An unbelievable mezcal. Funky smell. Smooth herbal spicy taste.

Tyler

Tyler

375 reviews
3 years ago

Pepper, earth, and leather on the nose. Oily on the palate. Slight note of lime with flavors of carmelized agave, tobacco, leather, and vanilla. Very balanced and not too boozy for being a 50% ABV mezcal. The flavor profile is like an incredibly delicious and complex espadin. Haven’t tried many Arroqueno mezcals but excited to try more because this is amazing juice. Edition 4 from 2015 – Bottle 269/300.

Jonny

Jonny

406 reviews
3 years ago

Edition 04 from 2015. This Mezcal has a lot of citrus on the nose. Aromas of lemon zest and lime. It’s thick on the tongue with a nice balance of vegetal and tropical citrus notes. The palate has lime, leather, and Mexican vanilla. I’m a big fan of Arroqueno and this one is VERY enjoyable. Very complex and rich.

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