Don Eduardo Hernadez of Santa Ana del Rio
Ansley Coale & Don Eduardo in Santa Ana del Rio
Prices are those listed by our Ukiah CA neighbor Caddell & Williams. At your local store, the price(s) may vary significantly, due to transportation costs, state excise taxes, and the pricing structure of the store and of the distributor.
“In my list of top spirits. Remarkable and complex”
– Anthony Dias Blue/TASTING PANEL MAGAZINE
“One of the best my taste buds have evaluated.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ / Highest recommendation”
– Paul Pacult/SPIRIT JOURNAL
The Alipus bottlings show you the variations created in mezcals distilled from a single species of agave, the domesticated agave espadín, by elevation, soil, terrain, and method of distillation.
The question we get asked most is, how do these mezcals differ from their name-protected mezcal cousins from Tequila? First, artisan mezcals are smoky because the agaves are not steamed in an autoclave (modern industrial tequila production), or roasted in an enclosed oven (like many small-production tequilas), but roasted in an in-ground fire-pit above a live wood fire. All Alipus bottlings tend to have a smoky overtone. Second, artisan mezcal producers distill the agave solids along with the fermented agave juice, whereas tequila producers filter the solids out and distill liquids only. For this reason, artisan mezcals embody more of the vegetal components of the agave, thus are noticeably more complex and, to our taste, richer.
Alipus San Andrés – $50. Complex, rich, intensely floral.
Alipus San Baltazar Guélavila – $50. Delicate and fruity, slightly sweet. Only available in Texas.
Alipus San Juan del Rio – $50. Fruity, rich, smoky, pleasantly sweet.
Alipus San Juan del Rio XX anniversary edition – $120.714 bottles: wild Sierra Negra, Tepeztate, Tobalá.
Alipus San Luis del Rio – $50. Spicy, round, and soft.
Alipus Santa Ana del Rio – $50. Very cleanly distilled. Soft and lightly fruity. “Graceful”. ★ ★ ★ ★ – Paul Pacult /SPIRIT JOURNAL
Alipus Santa Ana del Rio XX anniversary edition – $120. 286 bottles: upland Espadín, Tepeztate, Tobalá.
Alipus San Miguel de Sola – $65. 600 bottles only, distilled in clay potstills: beautiful soft mouthfeel.
Alipus ENSAMBLE from San Andrés – $65. A rich and elegant blend including some 20% semi-wild agave bicuishe.
“Vivid nose with spice… earthy and textured”
Anthony Dias Blue/TASTING PANEL MAGAZINE