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La Venenosa Etnica Tutsi Maguey Masparillo

La Venenosa Tutsi is an agave spirit from the Huichol people in northwest Jalisco. It disappeared for nearly 25 years and is now produced in small batches by a single producer.

Rating: (2 reviews)
Category:Raicilla, Tutsi
Brand:La Venenosa Raicilla
Raicillero:Don Rafael Carrillo Pizano
Town:Tatei Kie
Release year:2017
About this raicilla

Etnica is an extension of La Venenosa line of raicillas that serves as a platform to bring agave spirits from indigenous ethnic groups to the market. This agave spirit is from the Huichol people in northwest Jalisco. While we call this spirit a Raicilla for ease of use on this site, Tutsi is the name that is used to describe it locally. Tutsi was lost for about 25 years and there is currently only one practicing producer. This Tutsi is made from 100% wild agave Masparillo, roasted in an underground oven, and fired by wood. The cooked agave is then milled by hand with mallets. The natural fermentation occurs in a rock pit, and it is single distilled in a Huichol still. Tutsi is extremely rare, only two or three 45-liter batches are made yearly. Tutsi is a complex spirit with woodsy notes intertwined alongside citrus and mineral.

La Venenosa Raicilla

Raicilla has been produced for over 500 years in the Mexican state of Jalisco, Mexico. Jalisco offers a plethora of agave species, second only to Oaxaca, however the Tequila made in Jalisco can only be made with the blue agave. Raicilla from Jalisco can be made with many different types of agave that are scattered across the landscape. These, along with great diversity in terroir, equipment and techniques, give Raicilla an amazing spectrum of flavor and history.

La Venenosa Raicilla range was created by Chef Esteban Morales to bring these hidden jewels to the global market. Esteban traversed the state in search of the best producers in each region. Every one of these Raicilla expressions is unique; created by different Maestro Taberneros in distinct regions, from different species of agave using diverse techniques, the individual results are astounding. Due to the relatively raw nature of Raicilla production, the ABV of each La Venenosa may vary slightly by batch.

2 reviews

5 out of 5

11 months ago

Lot 7 bottle 120 of 120 for this batch. Unique flavors right out of the gate. It’s musty, but has a good lingering sugar at the back of the tongue. Leaves a strong note of cedar and the smell of wilted herbs. It’s earthy and and fruity at the same time. An incredible bottle worth seeking out.



174 reviews
2 years ago

Up there with the best mezcals/tequilas/agave spirits ive had. The only distillate ive had from the Maguey Masparillo, and wow, what an experience. Slightly sweet without being overbearing, smoke follows, with a dry finish almost making you want more and more after every sip. Citrus abounds, with slight vegetal notes. Complex, earthy, one of the best spirits ive had. Worth the money and time to seek out, too bad there were only 60 bottles from this release.

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