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Origen Raiz Durango

Origen Raiz Cenizo is made in the state of Durango by a mezcalero who originally hails from Oaxaca. The ranch where this mezcal is made is at a high elevation and can receive frost during winter.

Rating: (7 reviews)
Brand:Origen Raiz del Espiritu Mezcal
NOM:NOM-D466G
Mezcalero:Ignacio Grijalva Paulino, Ignacio Grijalva Santiago, Noé Ramirez Varela
Agave:Cenizo
Distillation:Copper
Style:Joven
State:Durango
Town:Nombre de Dios
ABV: 48%
Age of plant: 10-14 years
Website: https://backbarproject.com/portfolio/origen-raiz/
About this mezcal

Origen Raiz Cenizo is made with agave Cenizo (Durangensis) by mezcalero Ignacio Grijalva Santiago, who is also known as Don Nacho. Though originally from Oaxaca, he moved to Durango with his family to run the palenque at Rancho El Ojo. Cosme Gabriel Simental also helps with the mezcal production. There are also some bottles made by mezcalero Noe Ramirez Varela.  All of the bottles and batches we’ve seen have come from Rancho El Ojo, which is full of wild agave, sotol, and nopal plants. The ranch lies just outside the Sierra de Órganos National Park, at an elevation of approximately 6,350 feet. The agave used in this mezcal are smoked in underground ovens, crushed by mule-drawn tahona, fermented in open-air oak tanks, and double distilled in copper stills.

Origen Raiz del Espiritu Mezcal

Origen Raíz is a partnership between two distinct sets of Mexican roots. The Saravia family of Durango has a long history of working to improve the local economy through business, and the Cortés family of Oaxaca brings six generations of knowledge in mezcal production. The families were brought together by their sons, Asis Cortés and Bildo Saravia, through passion for their culture and respect for their heritage. Asis and his family are widely known for their other brands of Oaxacan-based mezcal: El JolgorioNuestra Soledad, and Agave de Cortes. The family also operates a mezcaleria named Mezcalogia in Oaxaca City.

7 reviews

4.6 of out 5 stars


GreenspointTexas on Dec 18, 2018

66 reviews

  • Overall:

Different. A bubble gum mezcal, if you will. Not much smoke, but some fruit and some definite cheese/funk. Still not sure what score to give this. Everytime i sip, i get something different. Solid at the very least

thamthong on Sep 5, 2018

42 reviews

  • Overall:

edition 4, batch 30CDI617, ‘17, bottle 273/721. islay mezcal. well, relative to the other stuff i’ve been drinking, this is pretty aggressively smokey. campfire, vegetable ash, waxy fruit, savory minerality, medicinal and slightly bitter finish. reminds me of ardbeg. big, bold, tasty. the end of the dram was considerably less smoke-forward.

COak on Apr 24, 2018

46 reviews

  • Overall:

Smells of bubble gum and tastes of sugar cane. This is a special mezcal. I will be looking out for this when I’m traveling to Oaxaca.

Tyler on Apr 4, 2018

245 reviews

  • Overall:

Origen Raiz from Durango is one of the most unique mezcals I’ve ever tasted. At Mezcalogia in Oaxaca, I picked up a bottle of edition Cenizo-01 from 2015 that was produced by Noé Ramírez Varela. It’s almost like a fine cologne turned into an incredible mezcal. There are notes of melon, clove, cognac, and lavender. It is a bit hard to describe but very enjoyable. It is unlike any other mezcal from Durango I’ve tasted, but oddly enough reminds me a bit of the El Jolgorio Coyote.

Origen Raiz from Durango is one of the most unique mezcals I’ve ever tasted. At Mezcalogia in Oaxaca, I picked up a bottle of edition Cenizo-01 from 2015 that was produced by Noé Ramírez Varela. It’s almost like a fine cologne turned into an incredible mezcal. There are notes of melon, clove, cognac, and lavender. It is a bit hard to describe but very enjoyable. It is unlike any other mezcal from Durango I’ve tasted, but oddly enough reminds me a bit of the El Jolgorio Coyot

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Jonny on Mar 30, 2018

265 reviews

  • Overall:

Lot 01CDBS15 from 2015. Edition Cenizo – 15. Bottle 55/2000 from producer Nor Ramirez Varela. 48% ABV. Aromas of milk chocolate and fresh cherries. Super rounded in the mouth. No harshness whatsoever with lots of notes of sugar cane. Very agave forward and sugary. This had been sitting in the closet for almost a year after initially opening it. Perhaps the additional aging helped it a bit, but it is absolutely incredible.

Bildo on Mar 26, 2018

1 review

  • Overall:

I am proud to work hand and hand with the cortes famili Asís and I had the oportunity off meeting when I was thieir importer in australia back in 2013 when we had the oportunity of introduction el Jolgorio and Nuestra Soledad to the aussies, it all about caring and respecting the proces all we did take care of the land and love and respect to proces itself it unique what we got …

c_woodger on Mar 19, 2018

4 reviews

  • Overall:

WOW. Durango juice made by Oaxacan hands!!! I came across this Mezcal whilst in Oaxaca in Asis’s bar Mezcalogia. Great balance to this Mezcal as you would expect. Subtle charred oak smokiness, minerality lots of vanilla and caramel with lingering citrus notes. A little short on the finish but a great expression of Cenizo.

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