MOUNTAINSIDE AGAVES ABOVE A REMOTE PUEBLO IN THE SIERRA

BALAM WON THE 2017 GRAN ORO AWARD AT THE PRESTIGIOUS CONCURSO NACIONAL OF THE ACADEMIA DEL MEZCAL Y DEL MAGUEY

AGAVE LECHUGUILLA, IT IS A VERY SMALL PLANT

The raicilleros and sotoleros with whom Villagrán works produce cleanly distilled and distinctive agave spirits. Assembling a set of such consistently outstanding spirits requires patience, dedication, love of the artisanal process, and respect for the humans who produce them.

Raicilla Costa – $75. From El Tuito in Cabo Corrientes. agaves angustifolia (chico aguiar) and rhodacantha.

Raicilla de Llano – $75. From San Gabriel-Sayula, about 70 miles SW of Guadalajara. agave angustifolia.

Raicilla Sierra – $75. From Mascota and San Sebastián del Oeste, on the road to Puerto Vallarta, agave maximiliana (lechuguilla).

Raicilla Sierra Tigre – $120. From Mazamitla, in the Sierra Madre Occidental. agave salmiana. Clay Filipino potstill. Very small lots.

Sotol Desierto – $78. From Coyame del Sotol, Chihuahua. dasylirion Wheeleri.

Sotol Durango – $78. From Peñon Blanco, Durango. dasylirion Wheeleri.

Churique – $75. From Madera, Chihuahua. The agave is an unclassified cousin of potatorum, the agave of tobalá.