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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: (10 reviews)
Brand:El Jolgorio Mezcal
Mezcalero:Pedro Vasquez
ABV: 53%
Website: http://www.eljolgoriomezcal.com/
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

Traditional, artisanal Mezcal forms an important part of rituals, ceremonies and festivities - known as "Jolgorios" - in villages in Oaxaca, México. El Jolgorio Mezcals are made exclusively from different species and varieties of wild and semi-wild harvested agave by Maestro Mezcaleros in local villages in Oaxaca, and are twice distilled in copper pot stills. On every bottle is inscribed the species of agave, the age at harvest, the village of production, the name of the Maestro Mezcalero, and the batch and lot number so as to truly connect the drinker with the land, people, and plants at the heart and soul of our Mezcal. Each lot may have different information. Check your bottle for details.


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10 reviews

4.9 of out 5 stars

jgerdes on Feb 6, 2019

7 reviews

  • Overall:

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 on Dec 28, 2018

92 reviews

  • Overall:

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.


PhilBrunski on Dec 28, 2018

19 reviews

  • Overall:

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 on Sep 4, 2018

46 reviews

  • Overall:

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 on Jul 6, 2018

15 reviews

  • Overall:

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 on Mar 18, 2018

4 reviews

  • Overall:

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 on Sep 10, 2017

25 reviews

  • Overall:

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 on Jun 8, 2017

51 reviews

  • Overall:

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

Tyler on Jan 22, 2017

256 reviews

  • Overall:

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 on Jan 22, 2017

283 reviews

  • Overall:

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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