El Jolgorio Sierrudo Mezcal
El Jolgorio translates to “the revelry”. Jolgorios are small festivals that occur in remote, mountain villages throughout Oaxaca, Mexico. They celebrate births, deaths, weddings and Saint’s days. For centuries, the lifeblood of these celebrations has been traditional mezcal. In 2010, the Cortés family began building a collective of top mezcal distillers from around Oaxaca. As of 2019, El Jolgorio represents sixteen different families, working in ten different regions of Oaxaca, Mexico, each with its own special story. Every bottle is hand-marked with the specific details of each batch, to truly connect the drinker with the family behind the expression.
El Jolgorio Sierrudo is made with wild maguey Sierrudo (Agave Americana) by José Cortés in Santiago Matatlan, Oaxaca. As of 2019, Don José Cortés was the oldest living member of the Cortés family and the inspiration for the entire El Jolgorio range. He is mostly retired from making mezcal, but will produce a special batch occasionally. The maguey Sierrudo is seldom used in Mezcal. It’s closely related to maguey Arroqueno, Sierra Negra, and Coyote. This agave is enormous. It generally takes 13-15 years to mature in this region and can grow up to 1,000 pounds in weight. Sierrudo has a high concentration of sugars, meaning a single agave can yield around 20-25 bottles of mezcal. The agaves for the introductory release (ed. 1) were cultivated in a wild environment (i.e. semi-cultivated) in Agua del Guaje, San Pedro Lachigoba, San Carlos Yautepec. The first batch (ed. 1) imported into the US was just 180 bottles. Bottled at 50.5% abv.