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El Jolgorio Espadin

El Jolgorio Espadin is made by several different producers but each release is special. Some are aged in glass, others are made with wild Espadin.

About this mezcal

El Jolgorio Espadin is made with agave Espadin. Each batch of this uses Espadin from different remote areas, and some batches have been aged many years in glass. Other batches are made with wild agave Espadin, which is quite different from the cultivated Espadin that is much more common. Be sure to check the bottle for batch details.

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.

13 reviews

3.96 out of 5


stigibeu

stigibeu

32 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars1 week ago

Edition 8, 2006 Harvest Rafael Méndez Cruz
ABV: 47.8%
Lemon pine sol, blueberry muffin on the nose, with a little bit of supporting green notes. Roasted agave later on too. Pleasant, medium bodied mouthfeel. Notable warmth and distance on the on the end contrasts with the restraint of the nose and mouthfeel, leaving it a little unbalanced for me. That said, still a fantastic offering in the espadin space and one worth tracking down.

TheAuditor

TheAuditor

31 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars2 months ago

Edition 8, 2006 Harvest Rafael Méndez Cruz

ABV: 47.8%

Nose: Fresh cut Green Bell Peppers, Wildflowers, light Earthiness, orange citrus, mint.

Palate: Medium mouthfeel. Warm. Vegetal Greens, Green Bell Peppers, Floralness, orange citrus, coriander, light Raspberry, milk chocolate, allspice.

Finish: Long, warm and moist. Earthy, Peppery, Wildflowers, light honey , allspice, mint,

This is really impressive. It bursts with tons of flavor across the palate, it has a good balance of savory and sweet but is upfront with great big green / vegetal flavors. I’d crush through a bottle of this if I had one its so nice and refreshing.

Edition 8, 2006 Harvest Rafael Méndez Cruz
ABV: 47.8%
Nose: Fresh cut Green Bell Peppers, Wildflowers, light Earthiness, orange citrus, mint.
Palate: Medium mouthfeel. Warm. Vegetal Greens, Green Bell Peppers, Floralness, orange citrus, coriander, light Raspberry, milk chocolate, allspice.
Finish: Long, warm and moist. Earthy, Peppery, Wildflowers, light honey , allspice, mint,
This is really impressive. It bursts with tons of flavor across the palate, it has a good balance of savory and sweet

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JDB

JDB

12 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars4 months ago

Edition 07, 2014, Pedro Vasquez, first exposure to Jolgorio outside of a mezcal bar tasting. Batch# PVOES041217EJ. Tastes like a clay distillation, the label does say copper with three years resting in glass. Wonderful flavor as it warms the palate, not much smoke, a touch of anise, nice spice and lingering finish. Really special. Great discovery on my reunion tour of espadins.

Spirit_Chaser

Spirit_Chaser

19 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars1 year ago

Edition 08: / Harvest: 2006 / 47.8% ABV
Rafael Méndez Cruz
Aromas of vanilla, blueberries, grilled asparagus, and slight wintergreen. Flavor has more impact with notes of roasted agave, raw broccoli, vanilla, herbs, and wintergreen atop a buttery caramel backbone. The minty caramel notes continue into the medium-length finish with a sprinkle of black pepper and pine. Pretty smooth for it’s nearly 48% abv. A good espadin but it failed to live up to the expectations that the EJ line instills. Better can be had for less, imo.

Edition 08: / Harvest: 2006 / 47.8% ABV
Rafael Méndez Cruz
Aromas of vanilla, blueberries, grilled asparagus, and slight wintergreen. Flavor has more impact with notes of roasted agave, raw broccoli, vanilla, herbs, and wintergreen atop a buttery caramel backbone. The minty caramel notes continue into the medium-length finish with a sprinkle of black pepper and pine. Pretty smooth for it’s nearly 48% abv. A good espadin but it failed to live up to the expectations that the EJ line i

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Nic Hnastchenko

Nic Hnastchenko

102 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars1 year ago

I really liked this, one of my favorite espadins from the day.

TheAgaveFairy

TheAgaveFairy

86 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars1 year ago

Edition 08: harvest 2006, Rafael Méndez Cruz

Nose is espadin and lilac/ bluebonnet, some warm vanilla, pimento, flamed orange peel, soil, papaya, guava, pomegranate or raspberry, cured meats.

Palette shows glass resting and a mineral texture, sweet and allspice with a good finish. Touches of wintergreen and pie crust.

Could use a touch more balance but this is a great characterful espadin.

Chris

Chris

40 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars2 years ago

Edition 4 2009 1254/1550 Santiago. Not a huge nose, but sweet in the middle and a really great ending with green pepper and smoke. Jolgorios have gone a bit crazy with the arrival of pricey 250ml bottles. This is a little too boutique for me. A wild 750 espadin with age for a little more than a 250 of recent cuish is looking more attractive IMHO.

thamthong

thamthong

47 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars2 years ago

edition 07, 2014, 47.8%, pedro vasquez. one of the sweetest mezcals ive come across. deep, sugary nose with a bit of ethanol. tastes a bit like drugstore rainbow sherbet with mouthwatering acidity. a touch soapy, with ashy bitterness on the finish.

Ruud

Ruud

4 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars2 years ago

Batch 06 from 2016. Nice fragrance of agave and sweets. It coat the mouth with nice taste of fruit and some mint. Smoke in the finish. Very well balanced and a lot of taste. Is it the wild espadin that makes the difference? Very rich and lovely mezcal

razorbackmike

razorbackmike

111 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars3 years ago

one of the best espadins i have ever had!wild variety made by parada.hard to pick out individual notes but the sum is greater than single parts.no bite or burn.full agave sweetness with hint of smoke.goes down like water.some mint at the start.excellent!

Tyler

Tyler

389 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars3 years ago

A real beauty. Incredibly balanced all the way through. Batch #2, distilled in 2005, from mezcalero Ignacio Parada is a treat. This espadin is light on the palate and has zero bite at 47.8% ABV. I get a lot of citrus, wood spice, and burnt caramel. It finishes with light smoke. Mezcalheads rave about this batch of espadin with good reason.

Keith

Keith

34 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars3 years ago

Edition 05, Harvest 2000, Bottle 360/1350, 48% ABV, Jose Cortez Santiago. Faintly floral nose. Pervasive effervescent-like tingling mouthfeel. Bright, indistinct main flavors, with barnyard earth beneath, followed by a short, dry, woody finish. The aftertaste is dominated by green resin and persistent tongue tingle, plus smoke in the background. Evaluated as a standalone Espadin, I give it 4 stars. However, El Jolgorio’s silvestre/wild Espadin of 2005 occupies that spot, and the 2000 harvest year batch lacks the former’s beauty, depth, and complexity. The 2000 gets only 3 stars from me when I rate it in comparison context.

Batch: 002-ESP, 47.8% ABV, Ignacio Parada, Bottle No. 1699/2080. This batch had a 2005 distillation date, 7 years stored in Damajuanas (demijohns), then bottled in 2012, effectively making this mezcal 11 years + rested in glass until the opening date, and it shows. A light nose, a taste of candied fruit for a brief moment, followed quickly by a robust expansion of herbaceous flavors, licorice note on the calmer side, with a flavorful finish of roasted agave, well water, sweetness, and maybe a whiff of hibiscus. Nice residual smokiness too. Good stuff!

Edition 05, Harvest 2000, Bottle 360/1350, 48% ABV, Jose Cortez Santiago. Faintly floral nose. Pervasive effervescent-like tingling mouthfeel. Bright, indistinct main flavors, with barnyard earth beneath, followed by a short, dry, woody finish. The aftertaste is dominated by green resin and persistent tongue tingle, plus smoke in the background. Evaluated as a standalone Espadin, I give it 4 stars. However, El Jolgorio’s silvestre/wild Espadin of 2005 occupies that spot, and the 2000

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Jonny

Jonny

416 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars4 years ago

Batch 002-ESP 2005 from Ignacio Parada. This batch was aged 8 years in glass before its release. It is the coolest, most-elegant Espadin I’ve ever tasted. It’s rich and buttery in aroma with notes of sweet agave and lavender. The flavor is perfectly balanced between fruit and smoke with a big round, viscous mouth feel that lingers on the tongue. Tasting notes include butter, nectarine, and clay,

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