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La Venenosa Raicilla Tabernas

La Venenosa Raicilla Tabernas is made from 100% agave and at a price point that can be used for cocktails.

About this raicilla

“Tabernas” are small scale raicilla distilleries who use artisan methods and their distillers are known as “taberneros”. La Venenosa Raicilla Tabernas is a raicilla at a price point that can be used for cocktails. Tabernas is made from cultivated agave Maximiliana in the village of La Vieja by Don Antonio Arrizon. The agave is roasted in an adobe clay oven fueled by black oak. It is then fermented in oak vats with natural yeast, then distilled once in a stainless steel alambic Arabic-Filipino hybrid still. The nose has citrus peals and herbs. The palate is dry with notes of cooked agave.

Certain batches have been produced with Chico Aguiar (agave Angustifolia). Check your bottle for the specific production details.

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.

11 reviews

3.36 out of 5


aarild

aarild

56 reviews
Rated 3 out of 5 stars1 week ago

Lot 3/19 — Slate and grass aromas. White peppercorns; slight, fruity yoghurt kick like an Indian lassi; cider apples, with a hint of vanilla. Some herbs and smoke on the finish. Light taste, a bit short — but still good value. Could be a nice gateway raicilla.

Rakhal

Rakhal

317 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars1 month ago

Tabernas lll. I had this years ago and I remember not liking it. I don’t know if I’ve changed or this batch is better but I like this! It’s quite sweet but not cloying. Powdered sugar, kafir lime leaf, vanilla cupcake, and cold milk.

Zack Klamn

Zack Klamn

197 reviews
Rated 3 out of 5 stars3 months ago

Nose: Key lime pie. A hint of sweet, cocktail onion.

Palate: Interesting sweet aspect, very concentrated sugary vanilla for a few seconds then it falls right off. Front heavy flavor on the palate but the finish is quite light. A decent sipper and it could make a very cool cocktail.

Nickwrobison

Nickwrobison

11 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars4 months ago

Lot A5, 06/20
44.7% abv

Tastes a little hotter than the ~45% abv would suggest. Flavor notes: soft agave sweetness, some light minerality/limestone, faint burnt tires.

Having a hard time picking out distinct flavor notes in this one, but overall it’s a pleasant sipper. Certainly the most mellow of the La Venenosa lineup.

HighWine

HighWine

40 reviews
Rated 3 out of 5 stars4 months ago

Sample of the new Tabernas III. Chico Aguiar y Maxemiliana in a 50ml plastic sample bottle served in glass.

Faint nose with dairy flavors of butter and cotija cheese. Taste is cottage cheese, agave nectar, and Canadian bacon. Palate is light but not lacking. Clean finish. Not flashy but nice.

Azi

Azi

22 reviews
Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars6 months ago

Date 06-17, Lot 01.
Nose is funky: fennel, a bag of charcoal, cut grass, some underripe apples.
Taste: smooth and easy to work with, more underripe apples and just barely a hint of vanilla.
Overall, quite nice. not challenging at all, but also not interesting. Would be easy to incorporate into a drink; but also to introduce someone who wants a cleaner, less nuanced drink.
Accidentally reached for this rain after a pair from another producer. Will add this one to the mixing shelf, just not for me

Date 06-17, Lot 01.
Nose is funky: fennel, a bag of charcoal, cut grass, some underripe apples.
Taste: smooth and easy to work with, more underripe apples and just barely a hint of vanilla.
Overall, quite nice. not challenging at all, but also not interesting. Would be easy to incorporate into a drink; but also to introduce someone who wants a cleaner, less nuanced drink.
Accidentally reached for this rain after a pair from another producer. Will add this one to the mixing shelf, just not for m

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TzotollineRaramuri

TzotollineRaramuri

72 reviews
Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars6 months ago

II Edicion; LotA5 Bottle#1300T @200ml.
👀- clear
👃- warming & drying impact.
Aromas of grass, lime, grapefruit, hay, starfruit, guava, lemon, lime, mamey, green pepper, ginger, savory herbs plus acetone/wood varnish.
Adequate, complex production.
Average length and ordinary character.
👅- coating and slightly astringent & warming effect;, sufficient smooth alcohol; light-medium body.
Primarily sour taste, light bitterness and sweetness; buttery smoothness.
Flavors of lemon, lime, ripe starfruit, guava, grass, hay, savory herbs, light ginger spice.
Medium concentration flavor intensity, slightly complex, correct balance.
Straightforward pleasant and very long finish.
Very good impression.

Well balanced but the chemical smells bring it down on the nose.

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II Edicion; LotA5 Bottle#1300T @200ml.
👀- clear
👃- warming & drying impact.
Aromas of grass, lime, grapefruit, hay, starfruit, guava, lemon, lime, mamey, green pepper, ginger, savory herbs plus acetone/wood varnish.
Adequate, complex production.
Average length and ordinary character.
👅- coating and slightly astringent & warming effect;, sufficient smooth alcohol; light-medium body.
Primarily sour taste, light bitterness and sweetness; buttery smoothness.
Flavors of lemon, lime,

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AGAVERA

AGAVERA

2 reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 stars2 years ago

Tambernas is a great chance to have a take on terrior. As its produced with a local subspecies of espadin (chico Aguiar/ Angustifolia Haw) it offers a very balance profile that invites us to have a better understand of the exciting cosmos of Racillas.
Tasting notes:
a sightly buttery feeling with an elegant acetic that cheers up the palate. Good balance of smoke and cooked agave.
Great for rookies and seasoned mezcaleros ( terrior challenge embedded).

CampStars

CampStars

11 reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 stars2 years ago

This is a great gateway Raicilla! It’s funky on the nose and clean on the palate. It’s fun to drink and share. Raicilla is about to have its moment and I’m so excited about it. It’s time!

Rated 3 out of 5 stars3 years ago

Sweet apple and citrus notes on the nose. Its a bit thinner and less robust than the other expressions with a dry roasted agave notes dominated by a pleasant funkiness to the drink.

Jonny

Jonny

523 reviews
Rated 3 out of 5 stars3 years ago

Aromas of sour apples and slight vinegar. It tastes like a muddled version of the black label La Venenosa, which is also made with Maximiliana. I’m told this is supposed to be their cocktail Raicilla. I’ve yet to have a cocktail with it, but it’s light and a bit funky with some good savory aspects. I could picture this going well in a bloody mary or possibly and daiquiri.

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