El Jolgorio Pechuga Navideña Mezcal is part of the limited-edition annual bottlings in black glass and contains fruits that are typically used in Christmas punches and food recipes.
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|Brand:||El Jolgorio Mezcal|
|Mezcalero:||Gregorio Martinez Jarquin, Jose Cortez Santiago, Valentin Cortes|
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About this mezcal
El Jolgorio Pechuga Navideña Mezcal is a different expression than the standard El Jolgorio Pechuga. Only one batch of this Christmas mezcal is produced each year and it released in black bottles. Unlike the regular release of El Jolgorio Pechuga, this special Christmas recipe contains mandarinas, small citrus fruits that are less sweet and more acidic than common mandarins available in the U.S. It also contains tejocote, a small high-acid fruit of the hawthorn tree that resembles a crab apple. Both fruits are local to Oaxaca and available for a very short time each year. It’s common to find holiday punches and dishes that incorporate the unique ingredients.
The 2019 Pechuga Navideña was distilled at the Casa Cortés family palenque in Santiago Matatlán, by Gregorio Jarquín, the brother-in-law of Valentín and Rolando Cortés. Don Gregorio works alongside his brother-in-law and longtime friend, Valentín Cortés, sharing head distiller duties at the family palenque.
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.