A 100 percent espadin mezacal from San Baltazar, bottled by Alipus.
Originally produced by Don Cosme Hernández, married to Doña Cristina, it is currently being produced by Don Cosme Hernández and his son Cirilo.
This soil around San Baltazar is favorable for agriculture when fertilized properly. These soils erode easily. Agave is planted between 1,500 and 1,900 metres above sea level.
Nose: Hints of lime, pineapple, orange and guava. Herbal notes such as Mexican tarragon, with floral overtones of Mexican marigold.
Palate: Citrus, with heavy emphasis on roasted maguey and banana. Medium acidity with strong lingering flavor.
Founded in 1999, Alipús started out as an alternative project supported by Los Danzantes Distillery. The idea was to create a map of Oaxacan mezcals showing how the conditions where each is produced differentiates the final product, with distinct soils, waters and climates having a singular influence on the land where each mezcal is grown.
The labels are designed by artist Joel Rendón, who aims to cacputure the origins of the mezcals.
"The symbolism represented on Alipús labels stretches from the Sierra Madre de Oaxaca to flames and back to the sky again, recounting Mexican history and sharing it everywhere, even taking it beyond the crest of sea foam and coming down to the end with a giddiness that reminds us we are truly alive."
- San Baltazar