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El Jolgorio Cenizo (A. Karwinskii)

El Jolgorio Cenizo (a. Karwinskii) is made with an agave Karwinskii that the producer calls “Cenizo.”

Rating: (10 reviews)
Cost:$$$$
Brand:El Jolgorio Mezcal
NOM:NOM-O98X
Mezcalero:Ignacio Parada
Maguey:Cenizo
Agave:Karwinskii
Distillation:Copper
Style:Joven
State:Oaxaca
Town:Santa Maria Zoquitlan
ABV: 48%
Release year: 2015
Website: https://backbarproject.com/portfolio/casa-cortes/, opens in new window
About this mezcal

El Jolgorio Cenizo is made with maguey Cenizo (agave Karwinskii) that takes up to 14 years to mature. The first batch of this mezcal was released as a fairly large lot considering how seldom agave Cenizo is used in Oaxacan Mezcal. Master Mezcalero Ignacio Parada is well known for his work with wild agave, and this Cenizo is no exception to his strong record of creating great mezcal. Notes of this mezcal include sweet nectar, chalky minerals, and sea salt. It has a long, extended finish. Newer releases of this mezcal come in a black bottle, and are no longer labelled Cenizo as the CRM told El Jolgorio that in order to certify this mezcal, Cenizo could not be used to name this Karwinskii agave. Despite the local naming, this is now simply called a.Karwinskii.

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.

10 reviews

4.45 out of 5


t8ke

t8ke

135 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars3 months ago

4th Edition, 2018 Harvest, Ignacio

Eye opening, and thankfully far too difficult to find more of lest I buy…many. Affording them is another problem. Overall, the complexity here is a treat, it’s succulent. The combination of salinity, fresh fruits and that pop of bright vegetal notes is a profile I can never say no to.

edgy4sure

edgy4sure

37 reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 stars3 months ago

dude, really? this is incredible – so smooth. fresh up front, like a candy or gum almost, very cool (no heat it seems). these EJ products seem to be spot on considering the price points. very, very good, buy them all! (can’t wait for my 3 pack of todos santos arroqueno to show up)

meserole

meserole

48 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars4 months ago

Very delightful. Grassy, with absolutely no alcohol heat on the tongue — in fact, it’s rather cool, almost mint-like, with an oily, slightly viscous umami flavor, which it has in common with the El Jolgorio Tobalá (which was a 5 star bottle in my book). The aftertaste is really special: clean, earthy, creamy — really elevates this to that highest echelon of mezcal.

This was gifted to me, but found it for sale at $190 US in NYC (Verve Wines, Tribeca).

GreenspointTexas

GreenspointTexas

249 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars1 year ago

Finally tracked this down. Mama Rabbit – Las Vegas. $10 pour. Hay, anise, fruit orchard… dulce de leche finish. Solid. Reminds me of the Wahaka VdM Cenizo

Rakhal

Rakhal

290 reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 stars1 year ago

Edition 03, 2018, Ignacio Parada. WOW!! Tasted all the black bottles at Mezcalogia in Oaxaca and this was the unanimous favorite. Wheat grass, cream, carrot, celery, dry soil, freshly cut grass, tahini. This one is special.

Nic Hnastchenko

Nic Hnastchenko

108 reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 stars1 year ago

Black Bottle – Edition 01, Harvest 2014. Had this among a few other amazing mezcals and this was the absolute winner. I had ordered not realizing Cenizo was a Karwinskii and that definitely explains why i loved it so much.

Gatekeeper

Gatekeeper

12 reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 stars1 year ago

Edition 02 from 2018 by Ignacio Parada. Black Bottle 61/800, 52.5% ABV.

High intensity Cenizo Karwinskii. Nose is savory green vegetables and wet rocks. Palate is exactly like other reviewers describe – robust like roasted asparagus and bell peppers and turns minty and stony at the end. Surprising amount of sweetness that brings all the flavors together. Long, savory finish with high minerality. I love karwinskiis and this is a superb example that packs a punch.

COak

COak

125 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars3 years ago

I’m a big fan of karwinskiis so this was a treat. Vegetal, minerally and minty. It’s really nice and worth a try.

Jonny

Jonny

502 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars3 years ago

Edition 01. Harvest 2014. 440 bottles. This is definitely a karwinskii. Vegetal aromas with hints of spearmint and jalapeño peppers. Palate notes of high minerality, green peppers, and buttery asparagus. This is really good. Very enjoyable.

Squashplayer

Squashplayer

34 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars3 years ago

Batch 01, Harvest 2014. 440 bottles. Produced by Ignacio Parada who also does an out of this world mezcal jabali. An oaky smoke on the nose but sweetness on the palate. The finish is long and spicy. This is a very interesting mezcal that seems to get better each time I pour a taste. Too bad this is such a rare agave used for mezcal. Definitely worth a try.

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