La Venenosa Raicilla Rhodacantha (Green Label), Costa de Jalisco (91 proof)
Item Number: 7806
Sub Region: Jalisco
Appellation/AVA: Costa de Jalisco
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): Rhodacantha Agave
Type: Spirits - Mezcal
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Closure: T Top
Alc by Vol(%): 45.5
Tasting Notes: La Venenosa Costa has notes of cedar and pine. There is a great balance of smoke and agave.
Roast and Distillation: The agave comes from El Tuito. It is roasted in an above-ground adobe oven with black oak; this is somewhere between a classic pit for mezcal production and a tequila oven. Costa is distilled two times in a Filipino-style still that is made from the trunk of a Higuera Blanca tree.
About Raicilla: Raicilla is a mezcal that has been produced in the state of Jalisco for over 400 years. In the 1780's artisans who crafted their mezcals adapted the name raicilla to avoid a mezcal tax levied by the Spanish Crown. The deception worked. Most people have little knowledge of raicilla because the world's most famous mezcal, Tequila, became so popular that it overshadowed the other mezcal production in the state of Jalisco. Jalisco offers a great diversity of agave species, second only to Oaxaca. For this reason, along with diverse terroir, equipment and technique, raicillas offer an amazing journey of flavor and history.