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La Venenosa Raicilla Sierra del Tigre

La Venenosa Raicilla Sierra del Tigre is typically served at the end of the night due to it’s strong flavor and scent of blue cheese.

Rating: (4 reviews)
Category:Raicilla
Brand:La Venenosa Raicilla
Mezcalero:Don Luis Contreras
Agave:Bruto
Distillation:Clay Pot
Style:Joven
State:Jalisco
Town:Manzanilla de la Paz
Website: www.lavenenosa.mx
About this raicilla

La Venenosa Raicilla Sierra del Tigre is made by master Taberenero Don Luis Contreras in the village of Manzanilla de la Paz, which is approximately 2,000 metres above sea level.  This Raicilla is made from agave Inaquidens, which is locally known as Bruto.  This agave grows wild in coniferous forests and it is roasted over wood embers in an earthen oven.  The still used for this Raicilla is ceramic, Filipino style.  Don Luis produces about 700 litres per year.  This is a rare La Venenosa, and it is typically served at the end of the night due to it’s strong flavor and scent of blue cheese.

La Venenosa Raicilla

Produced for over 500 years in the Mexican state of Jalisco, Raicilla is a Mezcal that adopted a new name in the 1780’s to avoid a tax levied by the Spanish Crown. Jalisco offers a plethora of agave species, second only to Oaxaca. These, along with great diversity in terroir, equipment and techniques, give Raicilla an amazing spectrum of flavour 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.

4 reviews

3.5 of out 5 stars


Nic Hnastchenko on Jan 7, 2019

26 reviews

  • Overall:

I was warned it was funky… It truly was, my first raicilla – smelled like cheese and active yeast. Reminds me of some wild ales that i’ve tried, but unlike any other agave spirit I’ve had.

GreenspointTexas on Nov 8, 2018

66 reviews

  • Overall:

Solid but not overpowering like Costa. Not sure if its worth the price, but worth trying nonetheless. Sl

Keith on Feb 10, 2017

33 reviews

  • Overall:

I appreciate funk and I kind of like Sierra del Tigre. My wife says my breath smells like I’ve been eating road-kill after I drink it. We still get lots of laughs on that comment.

Joseph on Feb 10, 2017

15 reviews

  • Overall:

Tried a small sample – the glass smelled like it had been rubbed down with a roquefort blue cheese. A silky mouthfeel & medium-heavy viscosity from what I remember. A rich robust funkiness pervades the palate. It tastes like the roasted agaves had some extra time to decompose and pick up all sorts of yeasts and bacteria. If you like the idea of a spirit tasting like a world of funk – then give this a try.

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