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El Jolgorio Sierrudo

El Jolgorio Sierrudo is a special release from El Jolgorio, using the massive and seldom-used agave Sierrudo (A. Americana).

Rating: (3 reviews)
Brand:El Jolgorio Mezcal
Mezcalero:Jose Cortez Santiago
Town:Santiago Matatlan
Age of plant:13-15 years
Release year:2019
About this mezcal

El Jolgorio Sierrudo is made with wild agave Sierrudo (A. Americana) by José Cortés in Santiago Matatlan, Oaxaca. As of 2019, Don José Cortés was the oldest living member of the Cortés family and the inspiration for the entire El Jolgorio range. He is mostly retired from making mezcal, but will produce a special batch occasionally. The agave Sierrudo is seldom used in Mezcal. It’s closely related to agave Arroqueno, Sierra Negra, and Coyote. This agave is enormous. It generally takes 13-15 years to mature in this region and can grow up to 1,000 pounds in weight. Sierrudo has a high concentration of sugars, meaning a single agave can yield around 20-25 bottles of mezcal. The agaves for the introductory release (ed. 1) were cultivated in a wild environment (i.e. semi-cultivated) in Agua del Guaje, San Pedro Lachigoba, San Carlos Yautepec. The first batch (ed. 1) imported into the US was just 180 bottles.

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.

3 reviews

3.5 of out 5 stars

3 months ago

Bottle 28/400. Was expecting much more mediocrity based on prior reviews, but actually really digging this bottle. Doesnt punch you in the face with smoke, heat, or cooked agave, but pleasant enough to take you on a short ride. Only thing keeping this from being 5 stars is the short finish. Very very well done



361 reviews
4 months ago

Edition 01. Bottle 67/400. Aromas of chocolate, nibs, light perfume. Tastes of peanut brittle, dried plantains, dark cherries. This good, not great. Very thin and not super complex. I like it alright but there are mezcals at 1/4 the price that I enjoy just as much.



353 reviews
4 months ago

Underwhelming when you consider the high retail price of $200/bottle. Aromas of cinnamon and peat. There are some notes of spiced black cherries and smoke. Tart finish.

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