Alipús bottle a range of mezcals from Oaxaca with a view to promoting and sustaining traditional producers from various villages.
San Luis is at 4100 feet, and most of the local agaves are grown at about the same altitude or a bit higher, along the spreading sides of the canyon on the way in. The soils are sandy with lots of rocks, and the climate is hot, meaning lots of flavor.
Don Baltazar ferments in 1500-liter pine vats. His mezcals are rich and fruity.
Produced from 100 percent espadin, the agave is roasted underground in conical stone oven pits.
Nose: Smoky, with notes of roasted maguey.
Palate: Hints of toasted seeds; smoky flavor. Low acidity and little 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 Luis del Rio