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El Jolgorio Pechuga Navideña

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.

Rating: (4 reviews)
Cost:$$$$
Brand:El Jolgorio Mezcal
NOM:NOM-O98X
Mezcalero:Gregorio Martinez Jarquin, Jose Cortez Santiago, Valentin Cortes
Agave / Maguey:Espadin
Grind:Tahona
Distillation:Copper
Style:Pechuga
State:Oaxaca
Town:Santiago Matatlan
ABV:48%
Release year:2018
Website:https://backbarproject.com/portfolio/casa-cortes/
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.

4 reviews

3 out of 5


Soxfan

Soxfan

9 reviews
Rated 2 out of 5 stars3 weeks ago

Edition 12. Bottle 231/800. 48%ABV. This bottle was a huge disappointment. I expected so much more, not this pleasant but totally unremarkable Pechuga. Nothing on the nose or the palate even remotely suggests that this is a Pechuga. A big miss from a usually reliable source.

Rakhal

Rakhal

161 reviews
Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars2 months ago

Edition 12, 2018. Gregorio Mtz Jarquin.
I have tried many batches of El Jolgorio Pechuga over the years, all different, some I like more than others. This doesn’t taste like a Pechuga at all. It just tastes like a decent Espadin. I’m very disappointed with this batch. Candied orange, vanilla ice cream, metallic copper pot, caramel, rose, milk chocolate, wet dog funk. This reminds me of Legendario Domingo Espadin, except this is not as good and five times the price. I took off a star because of the price and lack of Pechuga flavors.

Edition 12, 2018. Gregorio Mtz Jarquin.
I have tried many batches of El Jolgorio Pechuga over the years, all different, some I like more than others. This doesn’t taste like a Pechuga at all. It just tastes like a decent Espadin. I’m very disappointed with this batch. Candied orange, vanilla ice cream, metallic copper pot, caramel, rose, milk chocolate, wet dog funk. This reminds me of Legendario Domingo Espadin, except this is not as good and five times the price. I took off a star because

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t8ke

t8ke

88 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars2 months ago

Faint funk, lots of sweetness, honey, earth. Clay, rhubarb, white pepper, super creamy.
Really great expression sporting a profile that isn’t super common. Really cool to give a go.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars7 months ago

Black bottle Edition 07 (christmas blend)

The nose:

Soft. Berries and cream sweetness. Some clean cucumber.

Palate: Smoke up front, with a little of turkey coming through. Almost more like the taste you get in your mouth when you can tell the turkey is burning. Lots of sweetness and dried fruits follow the smoke and dry earthiness as you swallow.

Finish: Long lingering finish that leaves a tingling menthol sugar on a deep breath, but leaves the tongue bone dry.

I’m unsure how to rank this. The last time I tried it I got almost none of the turkey and felt it to be a little one dimensional, this time it’s completely different. Need a few more glasses before I give it a final score

Black bottle Edition 07 (christmas blend)
The nose:
Soft. Berries and cream sweetness. Some clean cucumber.
Palate: Smoke up front, with a little of turkey coming through. Almost more like the taste you get in your mouth when you can tell the turkey is burning. Lots of sweetness and dried fruits follow the smoke and dry earthiness as you swallow.
Finish: Long lingering finish that leaves a tingling menthol sugar on a deep breath, but leaves the tongue bone dry.
I’m unsure how to rank this.

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