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La Venenosa Los Gigantes

La Venenosa Los Gigantes is a once-in-a-lifetime special edition batch from maestro Manuel Salcedo and Ruben Peña.

Rating: (7 reviews)
Category:Raicilla
Cost:$$$$
Brand:La Venenosa Raicilla
Raicillero:Don Manuel Salcedo, Don Ruben Pena Fuentes
Maguey:Macho
Agave:Americana
Style:Joven
State:Jalisco
Town:Mascota
ABV: 43.5%
Age of plant: 15 years
Website: https://www.instagram.com/raicillalavenenosa/, opens in new window

About this raicilla

La Venenosa Los Gigantes is made with four massive Agave americana. Seventeen years ago, Manuel and Ruben began their joined farming project with two adjacent farms that they work on together, growing primarily Agave maximiliana with four Americanas planted to identify the property line. These Americanas grew into massive agaves. Harvested two years ago, these four agaves, known as Los Gigantes, were produced by Ruben and Manuel together for this one in a lifetime batch.

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.

7 reviews

3.79 out of 5

zeepuzzler

zeepuzzler

25 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars3 months ago

Bottle 321/500. Whoa! Gen X nostalgia bomb here! Not only is there movie theater cheese on the nose – the kind you put on tortilla chips and pretzel bites – but it also smells like a freakin’ Blockbuster! Once I climb back out of the 1990s wormhole that’s opened up in my copita, I also get aromas of canned hatch peppers, pepperoni grease, caramelized garlic, honey, and…grape jelly?! The palate is light and surprisingly buoyant with notes of salami, oregano, fresh jalapeño peppers, and whipped cream. On the finish I get white pepper, parmesan rind, and chocolate milk (excellent call there, Rakhal!). I absolutely love this and, as a former mall rat, give it an extra half star for the happy flashbacks.

Bottle 321/500. Whoa! Gen X nostalgia bomb here! Not only is there movie theater cheese on the nose – the kind you put on tortilla chips and pretzel bites – but it also smells like a freakin’ Blockbuster! Once I climb back out of the 1990s wormhole that’s opened up in my copita, I also get aromas of canned hatch peppers, pepperoni grease, caramelized garlic, honey, and…grape jelly?! The palate is light and surprisingly buoyant with notes of salami, oregano, fresh jalape

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Rakhal

Rakhal

317 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars5 months ago

After reading the reviews I was really excited to taste a Mezcal with pepperoni notes, but even though it smells a bit like cured meats I didn’t really get that on the palate. It’s very good though! Very light and clean. Pineapple, maple donut glaze, chocolate milk, green bell pepper, dried basil, and dried oregano.

Zack Klamn

Zack Klamn

369 reviews
Rated 3 out of 5 stars7 months ago

Nose: Honey. Hints of medium cheddar. Very slight genoa salami saltiness.

Palate: Agave syrup sweetness. White pepper spicy in the finish. A tad medicinal all around.

HighWine

HighWine

61 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars7 months ago

Aroma of oregano, cayenne, pepper jack cheese, and cured meat. I get big green pepper flesh up front followed by honey, and some jalapeno or Anaheim heat. The subtle honey sweetness really brings this together. Earthy, vegetal, and complex. Medium-light bodied in the mouth with barely any alcohol burn. Another winning raicilla from La Venenosa.

Tyler

Tyler

532 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars9 months ago

ABV is a bit low but the flavor is there. Italian seasoning notes on mall pizza e.g. Sbarros. I really like it. Super unique. Not something you’d sip all night but a real unique treat. Others have mentioned pepperoni flavors which is valid. Really fun agave spirit.

LittleArm

LittleArm

26 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars10 months ago

Very interesting bottle. Smells like meat. Straight up. Smells like walking into a deli. Crazy smooth, great mouthfeel. Tastes (almost overwhelmingly) like peperoni with a bit of briny minerality. I think this is the meatiest mezcal I’ve ever tasted. Fades fast. I have very mixed feelings on this one. I really like it but it gets old quickly (dropped a half star from first taste to finishing my very small second pour). Going to keep coming back to this bottle but I don’t see myself ever having more than 1-2 pours of it at a time. If possible try this before buying it because I can see it turning off a lot of people. Hoping it will develop some more depth now that its open.

Very interesting bottle. Smells like meat. Straight up. Smells like walking into a deli. Crazy smooth, great mouthfeel. Tastes (almost overwhelmingly) like peperoni with a bit of briny minerality. I think this is the meatiest mezcal I’ve ever tasted. Fades fast. I have very mixed feelings on this one. I really like it but it gets old quickly (dropped a half star from first taste to finishing my very small second pour). Going to keep coming back to this bottle but I don’t see myself e

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GreenspointTexas

GreenspointTexas

323 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars11 months ago

Wasnt expecting how clean this was. Tequila-esque. Some minerality present, but not much beyond that. Gonna go ahead and update this review next month if oxidation changes anything

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